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Forest of Dean expecting a bumper summer season for tourism

Posted on 15th April 2015

Businesses in the Forest of Dean and the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean Tourist Association are expecting this summer to be a bumper season for tourism as a result of a number of high-profile blockbuster movies being filmed in the area over the course of the year.

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Tourism generates over £141 million for the area and employs eight per cent of the entire population living in the region, and the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean Tourist Association is expecting this summer to be one of the best summers ever.

Visitors are anticipated to come in their droves and stay in holiday cottages across the Forest of Dean after a year in which attractions such as Puzzlewood hit the headlines after being used to film scenes for the new Star Wars film.

Maureen McAllister, the executive director of the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean Tourist Association, told the Gloucester Citizen, “We are looking forward to what will be a popular year for the Forest”.

“There are some excellent businesses and products in the region and the filming that has gone on will only boost its profile.”

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