2014 ‘will be blockbuster year for tourism’

York Press: The Viking Festival will be a highlight of York’s tourism year The Viking Festival will be a highlight of York’s tourism year

YORK’S tourism bosses are looking ahead to a blockbuster year in 2014, when visitors will have a host of reasons to head for the city.

Top of the bill, of course, is the Grand Départ of the Tour de France in July, when the eyes of the world will be on York.

But linked to this are plans for a 100-day Cultural Festival to run from March 27 until the Depart on July 6, showcasing the wealth of culture on offer.

Other key events in 2014 include:

• The 30th anniversary of York’s Viking invasion – or at least of the annual Jorvik Viking Festival. Highlights will include a Viking Banquet at York Minster on Friday, February 21, and a Strongest Viking competition on Saturday, February 22.

• Roger McGough appearing as a headline act at the 2014 York Literature Festival, which will feature about 40 events over 11 days, including workshops, performances, theatre, story-telling and author events.

• The return of the York Mystery Plays, performed in the open air by the York Guilds and Companies on pageant wagons at playing stations across the city.

• A major new exhibition at the Castle Museum called 1914: When the World Changed Forever, which will mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War and allow viisitors to experience the recruitment office and to travel via train to the horrors of the frontline – “from rats to foot rot, shell shock to gas warfare”.

Kate McMullen, head of Visit York, said: “York has an exciting year ahead and the programme of events, festivals and new exhibition openings will provide a whole host of new reasons for people from across the UK and overseas to visit the city in 2014.”

She said all the events would provide Visit York with the opportunity to market the city to new audiences, as well as loyal repeat visitors.

“Our successful bid to host the Liberal Democrats’ Spring Conference in York also gives us a great opportunity to showcase the city to the conference and business events sector,” she said.

“We are fortunate that businesses continually develop new exhibitions and events to help us in our marketing of the city and Visit York is looking forward to launching a brand new marketing campaign in January for the coming year.”

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8:36am Thu 2 Jan 14

nearlyman says...

Should be interesting to see how it all pans out !
Should be interesting to see how it all pans out ! nearlyman

9:33am Thu 2 Jan 14

BL2 says...

How about doing something decent for the residents too...
How about doing something decent for the residents too... BL2

10:09am Thu 2 Jan 14

Woody G Mellor says...

BL2 wrote:
How about doing something decent for the residents too...
Its residents weekend this month. If you don't mind the queuing.
[quote][p][bold]BL2[/bold] wrote: How about doing something decent for the residents too...[/p][/quote]Its residents weekend this month. If you don't mind the queuing. Woody G Mellor

10:28am Thu 2 Jan 14

sheps lad says...

BL2 wrote:
How about doing something decent for the residents too...
These events are open to residents,they are not exclusive to tourists. Just a thought will the wagons be allowed over THAT bridge?
[quote][p][bold]BL2[/bold] wrote: How about doing something decent for the residents too...[/p][/quote]These events are open to residents,they are not exclusive to tourists. Just a thought will the wagons be allowed over THAT bridge? sheps lad

11:17am Thu 2 Jan 14

Firedrake says...

All good stuff: I wish it well and hope to be involved with some of it. However, these things always make me deeply nostalgic for the old, full-blown "York Arts Festival" which was held every fourth year from the early 50s to the early 80s, was internationally famous and even started to "creep up" on Edinburgh! (I still have the 1973 cataloque which is nearly an inch thick, so crammed is it with events!)

The current "City of Festivals" is a nice concept in itself but - sadly - so many of its individual events seem to happen in a bubble, or worse, just slip by unnoticed

Still, "40 events over 11 days" should generate quite a buzz. I do hope so.
All good stuff: I wish it well and hope to be involved with some of it. However, these things always make me deeply nostalgic for the old, full-blown "York Arts Festival" which was held every fourth year from the early 50s to the early 80s, was internationally famous and even started to "creep up" on Edinburgh! (I still have the 1973 cataloque which is nearly an inch thick, so crammed is it with events!) The current "City of Festivals" is a nice concept in itself but - sadly - so many of its individual events seem to happen in a bubble, or worse, just slip by unnoticed Still, "40 events over 11 days" should generate quite a buzz. I do hope so. Firedrake

11:28am Thu 2 Jan 14

meme says...

Great news for York promoting itself to the world
Residents can attend al these events and for a city as small as ours this is a fantastic range of events that will cater to everyone
Great news for York promoting itself to the world Residents can attend al these events and for a city as small as ours this is a fantastic range of events that will cater to everyone meme

12:03pm Thu 2 Jan 14

smudge2 says...

2014 will be a blockbuster year for Stag & Hen parties in York as the problem seems to get worse every year with more budget hotels and cheap drink promotions.....Lovel
y for the tourists to see.The council and police seem to have no plans to address this problem as proved with the record number of New Year's Eve problems recently reported in the press.
2014 will be a blockbuster year for Stag & Hen parties in York as the problem seems to get worse every year with more budget hotels and cheap drink promotions.....Lovel y for the tourists to see.The council and police seem to have no plans to address this problem as proved with the record number of New Year's Eve problems recently reported in the press. smudge2

12:14pm Thu 2 Jan 14

YorkPatrol says...

smudge2 wrote:
2014 will be a blockbuster year for Stag & Hen parties in York as the problem seems to get worse every year with more budget hotels and cheap drink promotions.....Lovel y for the tourists to see.The council and police seem to have no plans to address this problem as proved with the record number of New Year's Eve problems recently reported in the press.
"cheap drink promotions"

Where, and in how many pubs? To my knowledge, very few...

Please respond in detail and also state if you really belive that stag and hen parties only come to York for the so called cheap drinks?
[quote][p][bold]smudge2[/bold] wrote: 2014 will be a blockbuster year for Stag & Hen parties in York as the problem seems to get worse every year with more budget hotels and cheap drink promotions.....Lovel y for the tourists to see.The council and police seem to have no plans to address this problem as proved with the record number of New Year's Eve problems recently reported in the press.[/p][/quote]"cheap drink promotions" Where, and in how many pubs? To my knowledge, very few... Please respond in detail and also state if you really belive that stag and hen parties only come to York for the so called cheap drinks? YorkPatrol

1:46pm Thu 2 Jan 14

PKH says...

A few thousand tourists will have been put off returning to York by being fined over Lendal Bridge
A few thousand tourists will have been put off returning to York by being fined over Lendal Bridge PKH

1:59pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Bo Jolly says...

PKH wrote:
A few thousand tourists will have been put off returning to York by being fined over Lendal Bridge
And elsewhere in town will be able to admire the open air museum of unnecessary congestion created for their enjoyment by the council.
[quote][p][bold]PKH[/bold] wrote: A few thousand tourists will have been put off returning to York by being fined over Lendal Bridge[/p][/quote]And elsewhere in town will be able to admire the open air museum of unnecessary congestion created for their enjoyment by the council. Bo Jolly

2:52pm Thu 2 Jan 14

imassey says...

smudge2 wrote:
2014 will be a blockbuster year for Stag & Hen parties in York as the problem seems to get worse every year with more budget hotels and cheap drink promotions.....Lovel

y for the tourists to see.The council and police seem to have no plans to address this problem as proved with the record number of New Year's Eve problems recently reported in the press.
Do the bars in Tenerife not sell cheap drinks, then?
[quote][p][bold]smudge2[/bold] wrote: 2014 will be a blockbuster year for Stag & Hen parties in York as the problem seems to get worse every year with more budget hotels and cheap drink promotions.....Lovel y for the tourists to see.The council and police seem to have no plans to address this problem as proved with the record number of New Year's Eve problems recently reported in the press.[/p][/quote]Do the bars in Tenerife not sell cheap drinks, then? imassey

6:28pm Thu 2 Jan 14

smudge2 says...

imassey wrote:
smudge2 wrote:
2014 will be a blockbuster year for Stag & Hen parties in York as the problem seems to get worse every year with more budget hotels and cheap drink promotions.....Lovel


y for the tourists to see.The council and police seem to have no plans to address this problem as proved with the record number of New Year's Eve problems recently reported in the press.
Do the bars in Tenerife not sell cheap drinks, then?
You need to come over and see for yourself.
[quote][p][bold]imassey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]smudge2[/bold] wrote: 2014 will be a blockbuster year for Stag & Hen parties in York as the problem seems to get worse every year with more budget hotels and cheap drink promotions.....Lovel y for the tourists to see.The council and police seem to have no plans to address this problem as proved with the record number of New Year's Eve problems recently reported in the press.[/p][/quote]Do the bars in Tenerife not sell cheap drinks, then?[/p][/quote]You need to come over and see for yourself. smudge2

10:17pm Thu 2 Jan 14

imassey says...

smudge2 wrote:
imassey wrote:
smudge2 wrote:
2014 will be a blockbuster year for Stag & Hen parties in York as the problem seems to get worse every year with more budget hotels and cheap drink promotions.....Lovel



y for the tourists to see.The council and police seem to have no plans to address this problem as proved with the record number of New Year's Eve problems recently reported in the press.
Do the bars in Tenerife not sell cheap drinks, then?
You need to come over and see for yourself.
No thanks - I'd rather stay in the city I love.
[quote][p][bold]smudge2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]imassey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]smudge2[/bold] wrote: 2014 will be a blockbuster year for Stag & Hen parties in York as the problem seems to get worse every year with more budget hotels and cheap drink promotions.....Lovel y for the tourists to see.The council and police seem to have no plans to address this problem as proved with the record number of New Year's Eve problems recently reported in the press.[/p][/quote]Do the bars in Tenerife not sell cheap drinks, then?[/p][/quote]You need to come over and see for yourself.[/p][/quote]No thanks - I'd rather stay in the city I love. imassey

10:19pm Thu 2 Jan 14

smudge2 says...

No problem......enjoy !!
No problem......enjoy !! smudge2

1:56am Fri 3 Jan 14

Magicman! says...

Bo Jolly wrote:
PKH wrote:
A few thousand tourists will have been put off returning to York by being fined over Lendal Bridge
And elsewhere in town will be able to admire the open air museum of unnecessary congestion created for their enjoyment by the council.
There's always those who have to ruin a decent article.

Plus, I highly doubt it'll be 'a few thousand' that have been put off... judging by the letters, there'll be just 5 that won't return.
[quote][p][bold]Bo Jolly[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]PKH[/bold] wrote: A few thousand tourists will have been put off returning to York by being fined over Lendal Bridge[/p][/quote]And elsewhere in town will be able to admire the open air museum of unnecessary congestion created for their enjoyment by the council.[/p][/quote]There's always those who have to ruin a decent article. Plus, I highly doubt it'll be 'a few thousand' that have been put off... judging by the letters, there'll be just 5 that won't return. Magicman!

5:44pm Fri 3 Jan 14

Garrowby Turnoff says...

What an exciting year in prospect! Wow!
What an exciting year in prospect! Wow! Garrowby Turnoff

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