Hull to welcome six million visitors during UK City of Culture year

Published: Sunday 8th January 2017 by Tom Drinkall

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Hull’s civic and cultural leaders have welcomed a rise in the number of tourists – after it emerged that more than six million people are expected to visit Hull during its UK City of Culture year.

60,000 people flocked to Hull for the opening UK City of Culture event on New Year’s Day.

Visit Britain says the city is one of the top places to visit in 2017, with more than six million visitors expected throughout the year.

Councillor Stephen Brady, leader of Hull City Council, said: “These figures and the recommendation from Visit Britain for 2017 are a clear sign of the direction that our city is travelling.

“The region already has a vibrant and booming tourism offer and as our year as UK City of Culture begins, we hope to see the value of tourism to the city continue to rise.

“Our ambition to become a world-class visitor destination is firmly in our sights and we will continue to work hard to ensure that the city is ready for a bright future.”

Martin Green, chief executive of Hull 2017, said: “Hull is on everybody’s lips. In the last week alone, we have seen the city grace the travel pages of national newspapers and monthly glossies alongside the likes of Paris, New York and Ibiza as a must-visit destination.

“Less than a week in, UK City of Culture is already having a significant impact on visitor numbers with 60,000 flocking to the city for our opening event on New Year’s Day.

“We’re working to ensure these figures continue to rise as word spreads that Hull is a city on the up.”

Anthony Yates, Tourism Manager for Visit Hull and East Yorkshire says: “Following 4.7 million day trip visitors to Hull in 2015, we are delighted to see these figures continue to rise nationally.

“With events like Place Des Anges, Sea of Hull and the Freedom Festival creating an incredible build up to our year as City of Culture 2017, we fully expect our 2016 figures to have increased and to hit six million visitors during our year in the spotlight.

“As we move into 2017 and beyond, the challenge will now be to convert those day visitors into overnight and weekend breaks which we know the city is fully prepared to do.”

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Published: Sunday 8th January 2017 by Tom Drinkall

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