Leeds witnesses £1.6 billion tourism boom in 2016

Published on : Monday, July 3, 2017

leedsLeeds has witnessed an enormous swell in the tourist arrivals by almost 10% ushering as much as £1.6 billion last year for the regional economy.


A new research has revealed that the city had lured an additional 4% of tourists in 2016 as compared to 12 months earlier, bringing the total number of visitor statistics soaring above 27 million.


Some major sporting events as well as a plethora of leisure and shopping opportunities was able to generate about £1.64 billion for the city’s economy representing a rise of nearly 16% from last year. The total numbers have increased by 9.7% ever since 2013 that is the time when Trinity Leeds had opened.


The city has also ascended to the fifth place in the UK league table of the leading business conferencing destinations.


Furthermore, it has also improved its place in the International Convention and Congress Association (ICCA) rankings, rising by 149 places in the world league, topped by Paris. This news approaches at a time as the submission deadline for Leed’s European Capital of Culture 2023 bid comes closer. Sir Gary Verity, the chief executive of Welcome Yorkshire said that Leeds is busy pushing its boundaries and expanding its appeal as an attractive contemporary tourist destination.


Business spokeswoman of the Leeds 2023, Karen Sewell mentioned that this is a great news for Leeds and a gigantic endorsement of their increasing reputation as a city.


The fresh tourism numbers are derived from the STEAM survey. This survey measures the data from 2015 to 2016.


During this period, Leeds had hosted important events like the Columbia Threadneedle World Trialthon Series in June as well as Light Night that is an arts and light festival held in October witnessing record visitor numbers. Last October, Leeds had also enjoyed the success of Victoria Gate’s opening.


Leisure tourism in Leeds has generated about £1.64 billion in 2016.


And, the tourism industry currently supports over 19,000 full time equivalent jobs representing a rise of 3.3% from the year 2015. The leader of Leeds City Council, Judith Blake said that Leeds is a welcoming city.





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