Post Tour de France boost for tourism in York

Head of Visit York - Kate McMullen

Head of Visit York - Kate McMullen

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TOURISM in York has enjoyed a big boost in the wake of the Tour de France, with one short break specialist reporting a 60 per cent increase in bookings.

Visit York says bookings from across Europe are already flooding in as a result of the superb broadcast coverage for Yorkshire's Grand Départ.

Kate McMullen, head of the city's tourism organisation, said that almost a month after the race, the city is still 'feeling the buzz', with visitors from both the UK and overseas commenting on the stunning scenes of York and Yorkshire screened across the world.

"We heard some great feedback from our visitors who were in the city on the day too, so we’re confident we’ll continue to see a strong legacy in the months and years to come," she said.

York-based short break specialist, SuperBreak, which currently works with 55 hotels in York including The Queen’s Hotel, Cedar Court Grand, The Royal York Hotel and Parsonage Hotel and Spa, said it had seen an impressive increase in online and call centre bookings for its Yorkshire breaks since the Grand Départ.

"In the wake of July 5 and 6, Yorkshire revenue was up by more than 60 per cent year on year, with York and Harrogate coming out as the top two destinations," said spokesman Khalid Amin.

"Although Yorkshire’s role in the race resulted in driving visitors to the region in their thousands for the weekend itself, the success continues by bringing continued tourism – both through local inhabitants choosing a ‘staycation’ and those travelling from further afield.

“Yorkshire took centre stage for the Tour de France Grand Départ and the locations seen on screen have really sparked an interest in our region."

The Best Western Dean Court Hotel near York Minster, which the Peloton soared past on Sunday July 6, tweeted: "We can't be only ones - but bookings coming in from French people seeing York on TV."

Keith Wood, owner of Ascot House, a family-run guest house in East Parade, Heworth, said: "We have never before had so many French guests as we have had this year - before, during and since the Tour de France."

Kristine Livingston, of St George’s bed and breakfast off Tadcaster Road. said: "We always have a lot of people from abroad and yes, we have seen an increase."

"The Tour de France was a fantastic event that not only has encouraged visitors to visit Yorkshire, but has made a great impact on the outstanding numbers we've seen both in the the city of York but also to The Grand. We've been fully booked for le tour weekend since March and have remained busy throughout this period, which has been a great boost to the hotel.

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5:08pm Sat 2 Aug 14

pedalling paul says...

Hope they all bring their bikes.............
Hope they all bring their bikes............. pedalling paul
  • Score: -24

5:33pm Sat 2 Aug 14

Jack Ham says...

And the cost to York taxpayers once interest for the borrowed money given to 'persuade' TDF to come here and give photo opportunities for Alexander, Crisp, England & co?

Nobody knows yet but at least £500,0000.

That's a lot of monthly payments for a lot of us.

And the expected return to us for this investment?

Nobody knows as CYC refuse to share their forecasts. If they have any.
And the cost to York taxpayers once interest for the borrowed money given to 'persuade' TDF to come here and give photo opportunities for Alexander, Crisp, England & co? Nobody knows yet but at least £500,0000. That's a lot of monthly payments for a lot of us. And the expected return to us for this investment? Nobody knows as CYC refuse to share their forecasts. If they have any. Jack Ham
  • Score: -20

7:50pm Sat 2 Aug 14

truthseeker2 says...

Jack Ham wrote:
And the cost to York taxpayers once interest for the borrowed money given to 'persuade' TDF to come here and give photo opportunities for Alexander, Crisp, England & co?

Nobody knows yet but at least £500,0000.

That's a lot of monthly payments for a lot of us.

And the expected return to us for this investment?

Nobody knows as CYC refuse to share their forecasts. If they have any.
typical Yorkie post. miserable to the end... :(
[quote][p][bold]Jack Ham[/bold] wrote: And the cost to York taxpayers once interest for the borrowed money given to 'persuade' TDF to come here and give photo opportunities for Alexander, Crisp, England & co? Nobody knows yet but at least £500,0000. That's a lot of monthly payments for a lot of us. And the expected return to us for this investment? Nobody knows as CYC refuse to share their forecasts. If they have any.[/p][/quote]typical Yorkie post. miserable to the end... :( truthseeker2
  • Score: 32

9:05pm Sat 2 Aug 14

CaroleBaines says...

truthseeker2 wrote:
Jack Ham wrote:
And the cost to York taxpayers once interest for the borrowed money given to 'persuade' TDF to come here and give photo opportunities for Alexander, Crisp, England & co?

Nobody knows yet but at least £500,0000.

That's a lot of monthly payments for a lot of us.

And the expected return to us for this investment?

Nobody knows as CYC refuse to share their forecasts. If they have any.
typical Yorkie post. miserable to the end... :(
Typical PC post.
[quote][p][bold]truthseeker2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jack Ham[/bold] wrote: And the cost to York taxpayers once interest for the borrowed money given to 'persuade' TDF to come here and give photo opportunities for Alexander, Crisp, England & co? Nobody knows yet but at least £500,0000. That's a lot of monthly payments for a lot of us. And the expected return to us for this investment? Nobody knows as CYC refuse to share their forecasts. If they have any.[/p][/quote]typical Yorkie post. miserable to the end... :([/p][/quote]Typical PC post. CaroleBaines
  • Score: 3

10:26pm Sat 2 Aug 14

Jack Ham says...

truthseeker2 wrote:
Jack Ham wrote:
And the cost to York taxpayers once interest for the borrowed money given to 'persuade' TDF to come here and give photo opportunities for Alexander, Crisp, England & co?

Nobody knows yet but at least £500,0000.

That's a lot of monthly payments for a lot of us.

And the expected return to us for this investment?

Nobody knows as CYC refuse to share their forecasts. If they have any.
typical Yorkie post. miserable to the end... :(
With a name like Truthseeker I'm surprised you don't want to know where your money goes too as well!
[quote][p][bold]truthseeker2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jack Ham[/bold] wrote: And the cost to York taxpayers once interest for the borrowed money given to 'persuade' TDF to come here and give photo opportunities for Alexander, Crisp, England & co? Nobody knows yet but at least £500,0000. That's a lot of monthly payments for a lot of us. And the expected return to us for this investment? Nobody knows as CYC refuse to share their forecasts. If they have any.[/p][/quote]typical Yorkie post. miserable to the end... :([/p][/quote]With a name like Truthseeker I'm surprised you don't want to know where your money goes too as well! Jack Ham
  • Score: -26

8:58am Sun 3 Aug 14

spragger says...

Of course it has boosted tourism in York & the Dales
Once we prise these major sporting events from the tight hands of London this area will go from strength to strength
Do you think the Tourist England organisation has Yorkshire high up its list?
Of course it has boosted tourism in York & the Dales Once we prise these major sporting events from the tight hands of London this area will go from strength to strength Do you think the Tourist England organisation has Yorkshire high up its list? spragger
  • Score: 24

12:51pm Sun 3 Aug 14

Justin7 says...

So 100s of thousands of Council Tax money was spent on catering for tourists for a French commercial bike race.

Second class citizens in our own City.
So 100s of thousands of Council Tax money was spent on catering for tourists for a French commercial bike race. Second class citizens in our own City. Justin7
  • Score: -19

2:08pm Sun 3 Aug 14

Jonlogical says...

I am not surprised people want to visit our beautiful region, and city. The imagery of N Yorks during the TDF was magnificent. Tourism is the lifeblood of our city.
I am not surprised people want to visit our beautiful region, and city. The imagery of N Yorks during the TDF was magnificent. Tourism is the lifeblood of our city. Jonlogical
  • Score: 15

11:34pm Sun 3 Aug 14

Buzzz Light-year says...

The Best Western Dean Court Hotel near York Minster, which the Peloton soared past on Sunday July 6, tweeted:

Clumsy recast PR copy. Unnecessary capital on "(P)eloton"
Yuck.

Howay Press!
[quote]The Best Western Dean Court Hotel near York Minster, which the Peloton soared past on Sunday July 6, tweeted: [/quote] Clumsy recast PR copy. Unnecessary capital on "(P)eloton" Yuck. Howay Press! Buzzz Light-year
  • Score: 2

2:44am Mon 4 Aug 14

poorlyduck says...

Justin7 wrote:
So 100s of thousands of Council Tax money was spent on catering for tourists for a French commercial bike race.

Second class citizens in our own City.
And tourists put money where? In the coffers of York and Yorkshire businesses, so boosting the local economy. Love this city and the county that surrounds it, but don't love the pinched, narrow-minded, negative perspectives of many of those who post comments on this site. Yorkshire, with York as its beating heart, is a world-class destination. It was before the TdF and it is even more now. We're not second class citizens because we are fortunate enough to live here - we might have our problems which clearly need to be addressed, but by 'eck, we're in a far more fortunate position than many of those living in other parts of Britain. Embrace the pride and thankfulness this should mean to all of us and stop being so negatively miserable.
[quote][p][bold]Justin7[/bold] wrote: So 100s of thousands of Council Tax money was spent on catering for tourists for a French commercial bike race. Second class citizens in our own City.[/p][/quote]And tourists put money where? In the coffers of York and Yorkshire businesses, so boosting the local economy. Love this city and the county that surrounds it, but don't love the pinched, narrow-minded, negative perspectives of many of those who post comments on this site. Yorkshire, with York as its beating heart, is a world-class destination. It was before the TdF and it is even more now. We're not second class citizens because we are fortunate enough to live here - we might have our problems which clearly need to be addressed, but by 'eck, we're in a far more fortunate position than many of those living in other parts of Britain. Embrace the pride and thankfulness this should mean to all of us and stop being so negatively miserable. poorlyduck
  • Score: 9

6:57am Mon 4 Aug 14

York2000 says...

Another positive article about our city... two comments in and moaning about the council starts. The Press has created a website for people to post hate. It's starting to resemble the Daily Mail comments threads. People hating on every article and anyone questioning the hate is bullied and hounded by the comments team.

The Press has created a monster here. Shame.
Another positive article about our city... two comments in and moaning about the council starts. The Press has created a website for people to post hate. It's starting to resemble the Daily Mail comments threads. People hating on every article and anyone questioning the hate is bullied and hounded by the comments team. The Press has created a monster here. Shame. York2000
  • Score: 2

10:14am Mon 4 Aug 14

again says...

Justin7 wrote:
So 100s of thousands of Council Tax money was spent on catering for tourists for a French commercial bike race.

Second class citizens in our own City.
Not how I feel but perhaps you'd be a 2nd class citizen in any city, pal.
[quote][p][bold]Justin7[/bold] wrote: So 100s of thousands of Council Tax money was spent on catering for tourists for a French commercial bike race. Second class citizens in our own City.[/p][/quote]Not how I feel but perhaps you'd be a 2nd class citizen in any city, pal. again
  • Score: 0

10:17am Mon 4 Aug 14

again says...

Jonlogical wrote:
I am not surprised people want to visit our beautiful region, and city. The imagery of N Yorks during the TDF was magnificent. Tourism is the lifeblood of our city.
Now that's the truth! We need more of your sort!!
[quote][p][bold]Jonlogical[/bold] wrote: I am not surprised people want to visit our beautiful region, and city. The imagery of N Yorks during the TDF was magnificent. Tourism is the lifeblood of our city.[/p][/quote]Now that's the truth! We need more of your sort!! again
  • Score: 1

6:54pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Jack Ham says...

York2000 wrote:
Another positive article about our city... two comments in and moaning about the council starts. The Press has created a website for people to post hate. It's starting to resemble the Daily Mail comments threads. People hating on every article and anyone questioning the hate is bullied and hounded by the comments team.

The Press has created a monster here. Shame.
How funny that the Labour Party, after blanketing the Press and social media with their spin now object to the comments thread - a facility that is open without censor for all in York to use.

Rather than attempt to have it closed down perhaps read, listen and act on what people are saying. You talk about consulting but yet again, you show us that you only want to listen to what you agree with.
[quote][p][bold]York2000[/bold] wrote: Another positive article about our city... two comments in and moaning about the council starts. The Press has created a website for people to post hate. It's starting to resemble the Daily Mail comments threads. People hating on every article and anyone questioning the hate is bullied and hounded by the comments team. The Press has created a monster here. Shame.[/p][/quote]How funny that the Labour Party, after blanketing the Press and social media with their spin now object to the comments thread - a facility that is open without censor for all in York to use. Rather than attempt to have it closed down perhaps read, listen and act on what people are saying. You talk about consulting but yet again, you show us that you only want to listen to what you agree with. Jack Ham
  • Score: -1

8:30pm Mon 4 Aug 14

York2000 says...

Ah, of course. Someone objects to the state of the comments threads, so obviously they are Labour Party.... You couldn't be more wrong. I am nothing to do with any political party in York. I am just a citizen of York tired of what's happened to the main news provider for the city.
Ah, of course. Someone objects to the state of the comments threads, so obviously they are Labour Party.... You couldn't be more wrong. I am nothing to do with any political party in York. I am just a citizen of York tired of what's happened to the main news provider for the city. York2000
  • Score: 0

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