PEOPLE visiting South Derbyshire spent more than £160 million last year, according to a new council report.
The South Derbyshire District Council annual report revealed that four million people visited the area during 2012-13.
Council chiefs also announced that more than £1 million had been spent to improve sporting facilities across the area as part of a bid to promote an Olympic legacy.
Bob Wheeler, leader of the council, said: “The report 2012-13 shows how hard we work to ensure that every penny paid to the council benefits local people.
“The report demonstrates the wide range of value for money services we have provided and is an attractive reminder to everyone that South Derbyshire is open for business.
“It reminds us of the success of the new farmers’ and producers’ markets, which seem long-established but only began in June 2012.
“Four million people visited South Derbyshire in 2012-13, spending an estimated £163 million.”
The council also enjoyed success as part of its bid to improve sporting provision in the wake of the 2012 Olympic Games.
Councillor Wheeler added: “Active Nation, which manages both the Green Bank Leisure Centre in Swadlincote and Etwall Leisure Centre in partnership with the council, invested £130,000 to upgrade equipment in Swadlincote, while South Derbyshire Sport provided nearly £350,000.
“The Football Foundation made a grant of £238,000 towards a third generation artificial grass pitch at Etwall Leisure Centre.
“During the year, the Council spent £550,000 to upgrade the bowling greens, bowls pavilion and car parking at Gresley Old Hall.
“Through its community partnership scheme, the council provided over £250,000 of grants to nine voluntary and community organisations through three year service level agreements.”
An online version of the report can be found at www.south-derbys.gov.uk.