Isle Of Man / Ellan Vannin

Isle of Man tourism figures 'rise by 10%'

The Laxey Wheel, Isle of Man Image copyright Manxscenes.com
Image caption The heritage of the Isle of Man is one area being marketed in the UK by tourism bosses

Isle of Man tourism numbers for the first half of 2014 have risen by 10%, according to official figures.

The industry, according to the Manx government, is now worth about £100m to the island's annual local economy.

The government figures also show a 7% rise in coach bookings since 2013 and a 4% rise in heritage railway visitors.

Head of tourism Angela Byrne said the improvements are down to increased media coverage, improved marketing and a strategy to "drive up standards".

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