Day trips and business visits boost Guernsey tourism

Guernsey's tourism industry grew in 2011, with a surge in day-trips leading to a 5% rise in overall passenger numbers compared to the previous year.

A survey commissioned by Commerce and Employment revealed 66% more people (53,300) visited for the day.

The rise has been attributed to more frequent flights from Gatwick and more direct ferry sailings from France.

Jason Moriarty, the director of marketing and tourism, said: "We also had better inter-island connections."

Sea travel saw the biggest rises, with 10% more departures (323,300) than in 2010.

However, air transport remained more popular, with 452,200 departures - a year-on-year rise of 2%.

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