Kent benefits from £77 million Open Championship

Independent economic research commissioned by Open Championship organiser, The R&A, highlights that this year’s Championship staged at Royal St George’s Golf Club delivered a £77 million benefit to the County of Kent.

The headline figure includes an economic impact of £24.1 million for Kent and a destination marketing benefit of £52.6 million derived from the week-long event in July 2011. Within the boundaries of East Kent, comprising the districts of Canterbury, Thanet, Dover and Shepway an economic impact of £21.2 million was delivered.

Commenting on the research findings R&A Chief Executive, Peter Dawson said:

“We found a worthy winner in Darren Clarke at Royal St George’s and we are delighted that the Championship also delivered a significant economic impact to the local community.

In one week, the economic benefit for Kent exceeded £24 million and the tourism legacy benefit of almost 300 hours of scenic images of the Kent countryside, viewed globally on television, will pay back in the county for years to come,” added Dawson.

Welcoming The Open economic outcome Dover District Council Leader, Councillor Paul Watkins said:

“Attracting The Open to our area is clearly beneficial to both local people and businesses in Kent and particularly East Kent and we trust it will not be too long before golf’s oldest Major Championship makes a return visit”.

Minister for Sport and the Olympics Hugh Robertson said:

"The Open is one of the jewels in the crown of the sporting calendar and attracts golf fans from all over the world. As a Kent MP, it was good to see The Open return to Royal St George's this year.  Hosting the Championship gave an economic boost to the county and region but also to the country as a whole. As well as the tourism benefits it brings, it showcases the passion and knowledge we have for the game and I look forward to the 2012 Championship in Lancashire at Royal Lytham and St Annes."

Commenting on the legacy of The Open, Kent County Council Leader, Councillor Paul Carter said:

"The Open was the largest major global sports event that Kent has accommodated in recent year