St Nicholas event in York brings in £10m

TOURISM chiefs say this year’s St Nicholas Fayre was “the best ever”, estimating the event brought about £10 million pounds into York’s economy.

Visit York said the fayre was the best for the number and quality of markets and events happening around the city, such as the presence of members of Deliciously Yorkshire selling local farm produce. A Visit York spokeswoman said: “The quality of the event is continuing to grow year on year.”

The organisation estimated around 150,000 people flocked to the four-day Christmas event, which took place from November 26 to 29.

It calculated the economic impact of the fayre, which has been running since 1992, based on visitor spend and spend on overnight accommodation was around £10 million.

The event, which was organised by City of York Council, boasted an array of markets across the city centre featuring gifts and crafts from across Yorkshire and the UK. Visit York said people came from across the UK to visit the atmospheric market festival, including from the Midlands, the North West, the South East, and Scotland and Wales. Gillian Cruddas, chief executive of Visit York, said: “This year’s St Nicholas Fayre has proved as popular as ever with visitors and residents alike, and continues to be a major highlight in York’s Christmas calendar. “York’s festive season continues until the end of December with the Festival of Angels this weekend, the International Christmas Fayre in Parliament Street running until December 20 and the Farmers Market on December 22, as well as a whole host of other festivities running across the city.

“With so much to offer visitors at this time of year, we’re confident that York is set to have a very successful Christmas season.”

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10:46am Sat 12 Dec 09

yorkie25 says...

With that amount of revenue coming into the city it's a pity some of it can't be spent on decent christmas lights
With that amount of revenue coming into the city it's a pity some of it can't be spent on decent christmas lights yorkie25
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11:32am Sat 12 Dec 09

keepitshut says...

yorkie25 wrote:
With that amount of revenue coming into the city it's a pity some of it can't be spent on decent christmas lights
Exactly....the council have 30k every year for lights, when the hotelliers, shops etc have been asked to part with some cash they say they cannot afford it.
If they paid towards some decent lights then more people would come to the city spending more in shops and staying overnight.
Speculate to accumalate is lost on our shopandhotel bosses.
[quote][p][bold]yorkie25[/bold] wrote: With that amount of revenue coming into the city it's a pity some of it can't be spent on decent christmas lights[/p][/quote]Exactly....the council have 30k every year for lights, when the hotelliers, shops etc have been asked to part with some cash they say they cannot afford it. If they paid towards some decent lights then more people would come to the city spending more in shops and staying overnight. Speculate to accumalate is lost on our shopandhotel bosses. keepitshut
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11:44am Sat 12 Dec 09

AndYork says...

I really am pleased that the St. Nicholas event was a huge success, However can the council not get it right, regards the amount of coaches that come into the city and park pretty much where ever they like? I undrestand the clifford street car park was flooded, why then was kent street coach park not opened up? why are coaches DOUBLE parked at city arms and opposite making it difficult for cars and buses to get through? Then at station ave chaos was brought after again coaches park where ever, consequenting in traffic passing the station been brought to a halt.
I really am pleased that the St. Nicholas event was a huge success, However can the council not get it right, regards the amount of coaches that come into the city and park pretty much where ever they like? I undrestand the clifford street car park was flooded, why then was kent street coach park not opened up? why are coaches DOUBLE parked at city arms and opposite making it difficult for cars and buses to get through? Then at station ave chaos was brought after again coaches park where ever, consequenting in traffic passing the station been brought to a halt. AndYork
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5:42pm Sat 12 Dec 09

keepitshut says...

I believe Kent St could only hold 16 coaches and i believe it is not council owned anymore, Euro Park or something now operate the site.
Coaches did register with the council and they were directed to Bustardthorpe as Georges field was flooded.
The coaches that parked everywhere were coaches that dropped people off at the station and Memorial Gardens then went and found there own parking arrangements rather than pay the council £20 to park at Bustardthorpe.
The council spend all year contacting coach companies regarding St Nicks Fayre, most are happy to oblige and pay but some "chance" it and cause chaos to Yorks traffic system.
I believe Kent St could only hold 16 coaches and i believe it is not council owned anymore, Euro Park or something now operate the site. Coaches did register with the council and they were directed to Bustardthorpe as Georges field was flooded. The coaches that parked everywhere were coaches that dropped people off at the station and Memorial Gardens then went and found there own parking arrangements rather than pay the council £20 to park at Bustardthorpe. The council spend all year contacting coach companies regarding St Nicks Fayre, most are happy to oblige and pay but some "chance" it and cause chaos to Yorks traffic system. keepitshut
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