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“Tourism is a vital industry for England's Northwest and for the rest of the UK; it can also be highly weather-dependent. Rising sea levels will have consequences for our coastal resorts, with increased flood risks and spiraling coastal defence costs. Increasingly heavy rainfall is expected and this will place significant pressure on our areas of natural beauty, rivers and canals.” Marc Etches, Chair, climate change and the visitor economy Management Board

The Northwest boasts some of the most beautiful rural areas in the country and its metropolitan centres are thriving. Annually, 160 million visits are made in the region, contributing £7 billion to the economy. This visitor economy accounts for around 12% of the region's workforce. Over the coming decades, climate change will place increasing demands on our tourism infrastructure and natural environments. The coast and rural uplands will be particularly sensitive to changes, meaning that some of the most popular destinations in the Northwest will be affected.

Warmer, drier summers and milder winters will bring potential benefits for the visitor economy. The peak tourist season is likely to be extended and warmer summer days could encourage people to make day visits. However, rising sea levels will place coastal areas at increased risk of flooding. Saltmarsh and mudflat habitats will be at risk, endangering some populations of important breeds of waders and wildfowl. Climate change will also adversely affect plant and animal life in other parts of the region.

For further details of the climate changes expected in the Northwest
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