The memory makers

As consumers begin to loosen their purse strings and millennials search for a more customised experience, leisure companies from theme parks and spas to cruise liners are enjoying a boost.

The UK leisure sector has doubled in size in the past five years and contributed about £200bn to the UK economy in 2015 – 66% of companies in the sector are small and medium-sized enterprises. Increasing disposable incomes and a recovering economy are expected to underpin further growth in 2016 and evolving technology continues to shape the way in which the leisure industry operates. Many UK companies have embraced these changes to capture more market share and exhibit terrific growth, despite a challenging economy in recent years.

Sector at a glance

  • 76% – The estimated hotel occupancy rate in non-London regions of the UK for 2015 and 2016, a new record
  • 3.8 million – The estimated number of jobs that the UK tourism sector will support by 2025
  • 2.3% – The proportion of all UK employment accounted for by sport-related jobs

Laying the foundations

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Chillisauce organises and delivers activities and experiences for groups in more than 50 destinations across the globe.
Continuum Attractions owns, develops and operates cultural and visitor attractions across the UK.
The UK’s number one forest adventure company plans to expand in the next few years.
Golf travel company GolfBreaks makes trips to golfing meccas like St Andrews easy and affordable.
Inception Group’s palatial bar, restaurant and club concepts have attracted royal visitors like Prince William.
As well as pairing holidaymakers with their perfect hotels, Red Sea Holidays offers tours of some of Egypt’s wonders.