Leeds tourism augments with European Capital of Culture bid 2023

Published on : Friday, July 14, 2017

European Capital of Culture bid 2023Last year, Leeds greeted more than 27.29 million tourists which accounted 4.2% increase from 2015. City agencies ConferenceLeeds and VisitLeeds declared the consequences of the STEAM survey which calculates the tourism sector’s financial impact in UK.


As the city moves toward the 100 days landmark before the submission of its European Capital of Culture 2023 bid, this upward trend in Leeds for visitor numbers has shown a notable 9.7% rise between 2013 and 2016 respectively.


According to the new data, overnight stays have also increased by 5.4 %.


From 2015 to 2016, the STEAM report measures its datas. At that time, the city hosted most important world class events like the Columbia Threadneedle World Triathlon Series in June. Here the Brownlee Brothers won Gold and Silver in the presence of their home crowd and Light Night, a two evening arts and light festival in October, luring huge number of people. In 2016, leisure tourism visits were estimated to have generated £1.64bn, a modification of +15.9% in comparison to 2015. Now, Leeds’ tourism industry supports more than 19,000 full time job opportunities. This was an increase of 3.3% from 2015.


Side by side, business tourism keeps on flourishing. Leeds occupied fifth most popular conferencing destination in the UK. Lately, it celebrated success by developing its position in the International Convention and Congress Association (ICCA) rankings by 149 places. Currently, Leeds is one of the top 10 cities in the UK.


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