LATEST research shows tourism was worth a staggering £78.8m to the Wrexham economy last year.
Figures for 2008 reveal an increase of 2% on 2007 and an overall increase of more than 5% since 2003.
More than 1.53m tourists visited the borough, including day-trippers and people staying overnight.
The statistics have been put together for Wrexham County Borough Council by research specialist Global Tourism Solutions, using visitor numbers supplied by hotels, tourist attractions and other businesses.
The figures are fed into an internationally recognised research formula, which does the number-crunching needed to calculate the value of tourism to the local economy.
Cllr Rodney Skelland, lead member for regeneration and corporate governance, said: “The value of tourism to Wrexham can’t be underestimated and to see a 2% increase in last year’s economic climate is encouraging.
“A large number of jobs and businesses depend on visitors coming to the borough, and this kind of research provides the council with vital clues as to how the local tourism economy is performing.”