York wows 7 million tourists

RECORD levels of visitors are pouring into York.

The number of people focusing on the home of the Minster, the National Railway Museum and Shambles as a place to spend time has topped seven million in the space of a year, according to research carried out by York’s marketing bosses.

The annual tourism figures have been hailed by Visit York and Welcome To Yorkshire as the best they have ever seen, with 56 per cent of the 7.1 million who visited during 2008 – the latest year for which figures are available – being Yorkshire-based and the majority either enjoying a leisure trip, attending an event or visiting friends or relatives.

As previously revealed by The Press, tourism brought £442.6 million into York’s coffers during this year, with £126.8 million coming from tourists making the city their base for a break, £112.9 million by those paying a day visit and £202.9 million through business tourism.

Overseas visitors provided a third of the overall income – £42.4 million – while £45.4 million was spent on accommodation and £32.1.million on food and drink. The survey also showed 800,000 of York’s seven million-plus visitors stayed overnight and 300,000 came from abroad, while the city also outstrips the rest of Yorkshire when it comes to drawing in tourists from other countries.

“By taking into account not just leisure visits but also the value of business tourism, visits to events and visit to friends and relatives, the true value of tourism to the York economy has been revealed like never before,” said Visit York chief executive Gilliam Cruddas.

“It’s fantastic news and demonstrates the importance of tourism for the York economy. This survey offers us an in-depth analysis into where visitors are coming from and how they spend their money, which will enable Visit York and Welcome to Yorkshire to market the city even more effectively in the year ahead.”

The study, carried out by Tribal Consulting, also assessed how many visitors to the city would recommend it to a friend, with 99 per cent saying they would give it such an endorsement. The figures for 2009 will be unveiled in August.

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10:06am Thu 1 Apr 10

Garrowby Turnoff says...

What a result!
I must point out that 7 million visitors flock to York because of York, not because of 'Visit York' or 'Welcome to Yorkshire.'
What a result! I must point out that 7 million visitors flock to York because of York, not because of 'Visit York' or 'Welcome to Yorkshire.' Garrowby Turnoff
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1:32pm Thu 1 Apr 10

jez b says...

Garrowby Turnoff wrote:
What a result! I must point out that 7 million visitors flock to York because of York, not because of 'Visit York' or 'Welcome to Yorkshire.'
Or to marvel at Galloway and Waller.
[quote][p][bold]Garrowby Turnoff[/bold] wrote: What a result! I must point out that 7 million visitors flock to York because of York, not because of 'Visit York' or 'Welcome to Yorkshire.'[/p][/quote]Or to marvel at Galloway and Waller. jez b
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3:16pm Thu 1 Apr 10

idlehousewife says...

Time to move out of York again then!
Time to move out of York again then! idlehousewife
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4:49pm Thu 1 Apr 10

meme says...

Given the jarvis news andother closures in the past few years like it or not tourism is the future of York
Its something we have that is unique and cannot be chalenged and we should do everything we can to promote, not denigrate, it as it does provide jobs for huge numbers of people.
We have to accept that the benefits far outweigh the problems and embrace tourism and do nothing in this economic climate that may damage it such as tolling the roads, make it more expensive to visit here etc
Given the jarvis news andother closures in the past few years like it or not tourism is the future of York Its something we have that is unique and cannot be chalenged and we should do everything we can to promote, not denigrate, it as it does provide jobs for huge numbers of people. We have to accept that the benefits far outweigh the problems and embrace tourism and do nothing in this economic climate that may damage it such as tolling the roads, make it more expensive to visit here etc meme
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5:00pm Thu 1 Apr 10

myrtlescrote says...

No thanks to York Musuems Trust! One musuem shut, one looks like a building site and the Art gallery brings us in no money at all!
No thanks to York Musuems Trust! One musuem shut, one looks like a building site and the Art gallery brings us in no money at all! myrtlescrote
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6:40pm Thu 1 Apr 10

yorkbornandbred says...

idlehousewife wrote:
Time to move out of York again then!
Don't let the door hit you on the way out. Seriously, your user name says it all. Most people aren't idle and have to work for a living. The tourist industry is York's biggest employer and, as the article says, brings millions of pounds of revenue into the city as well as keeping many people in work. If you don't like it, please do carry out your threat and move to a non-tourist city or town.
[quote][p][bold]idlehousewife[/bold] wrote: Time to move out of York again then![/p][/quote]Don't let the door hit you on the way out. Seriously, your user name says it all. Most people aren't idle and have to work for a living. The tourist industry is York's biggest employer and, as the article says, brings millions of pounds of revenue into the city as well as keeping many people in work. If you don't like it, please do carry out your threat and move to a non-tourist city or town. yorkbornandbred
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6:55pm Thu 1 Apr 10

tcrown says...

myrtlescrote wrote:
No thanks to York Musuems Trust! One musuem shut, one looks like a building site and the Art gallery brings us in no money at all!
The Yorkshire Museum is closed for a massive refurbishment aimed at increasing visitors and therefore revenue, as well as putting in some exciting new displays for visitors, including locals (who get free admission). York Castle Museum is having a new cafe and shop installed, which, again, aims to improve the visitor experience and increase revenue. Again, York residents get free admission all year round. All of the museum's galleries are open during this work, so visitors are not missing anything. Much of this work is being funded externally, thanks to the efforts of York Museums Trust fundraisers. As already stated, this work aims to improve the visitor experience, increase visitor numbers and raise revenue, so how is this a negative thing for the city? As a charity, the Trust does not make a profit, but ploughs everything back into the museums and galleries. As for York Art Gallery, it is deliberately free to all as a fantastic art venue. What's wrong with that?
[quote][p][bold]myrtlescrote[/bold] wrote: No thanks to York Musuems Trust! One musuem shut, one looks like a building site and the Art gallery brings us in no money at all![/p][/quote]The Yorkshire Museum is closed for a massive refurbishment aimed at increasing visitors and therefore revenue, as well as putting in some exciting new displays for visitors, including locals (who get free admission). York Castle Museum is having a new cafe and shop installed, which, again, aims to improve the visitor experience and increase revenue. Again, York residents get free admission all year round. All of the museum's galleries are open during this work, so visitors are not missing anything. Much of this work is being funded externally, thanks to the efforts of York Museums Trust fundraisers. As already stated, this work aims to improve the visitor experience, increase visitor numbers and raise revenue, so how is this a negative thing for the city? As a charity, the Trust does not make a profit, but ploughs everything back into the museums and galleries. As for York Art Gallery, it is deliberately free to all as a fantastic art venue. What's wrong with that? tcrown
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7:32pm Thu 1 Apr 10

leninwasright says...

idlehousewife wrote:
Time to move out of York again then!
'Bye.
[quote][p][bold]idlehousewife[/bold] wrote: Time to move out of York again then![/p][/quote]'Bye. leninwasright
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8:38pm Thu 1 Apr 10

King Edward says...

I'm sure our citizenry can work on reducing that quite easily, a bit of e-coli here, a few muggings there, burn out a few cars etc.... BA and rail strikes are are a help too! Also watching Duncan Bannatyne expose the reality of the British Tourist industry on national TV won't do 'em any favours.
I'm sure our citizenry can work on reducing that quite easily, a bit of e-coli here, a few muggings there, burn out a few cars etc.... BA and rail strikes are are a help too! Also watching Duncan Bannatyne expose the reality of the British Tourist industry on national TV won't do 'em any favours. King Edward
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9:35pm Thu 1 Apr 10

myrtlescrote says...

tcrown wrote:
myrtlescrote wrote: No thanks to York Musuems Trust! One musuem shut, one looks like a building site and the Art gallery brings us in no money at all!
The Yorkshire Museum is closed for a massive refurbishment aimed at increasing visitors and therefore revenue, as well as putting in some exciting new displays for visitors, including locals (who get free admission). York Castle Museum is having a new cafe and shop installed, which, again, aims to improve the visitor experience and increase revenue. Again, York residents get free admission all year round. All of the museum's galleries are open during this work, so visitors are not missing anything. Much of this work is being funded externally, thanks to the efforts of York Museums Trust fundraisers. As already stated, this work aims to improve the visitor experience, increase visitor numbers and raise revenue, so how is this a negative thing for the city? As a charity, the Trust does not make a profit, but ploughs everything back into the museums and galleries. As for York Art Gallery, it is deliberately free to all as a fantastic art venue. What's wrong with that?
Huh! Bet your'e in their pay!
[quote][p][bold]tcrown[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]myrtlescrote[/bold] wrote: No thanks to York Musuems Trust! One musuem shut, one looks like a building site and the Art gallery brings us in no money at all![/p][/quote]The Yorkshire Museum is closed for a massive refurbishment aimed at increasing visitors and therefore revenue, as well as putting in some exciting new displays for visitors, including locals (who get free admission). York Castle Museum is having a new cafe and shop installed, which, again, aims to improve the visitor experience and increase revenue. Again, York residents get free admission all year round. All of the museum's galleries are open during this work, so visitors are not missing anything. Much of this work is being funded externally, thanks to the efforts of York Museums Trust fundraisers. As already stated, this work aims to improve the visitor experience, increase visitor numbers and raise revenue, so how is this a negative thing for the city? As a charity, the Trust does not make a profit, but ploughs everything back into the museums and galleries. As for York Art Gallery, it is deliberately free to all as a fantastic art venue. What's wrong with that?[/p][/quote]Huh! Bet your'e in their pay! myrtlescrote
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2:22am Fri 2 Apr 10

tcrown says...

myrtlescrote wrote:
tcrown wrote:
myrtlescrote wrote: No thanks to York Musuems Trust! One musuem shut, one looks like a building site and the Art gallery brings us in no money at all!
The Yorkshire Museum is closed for a massive refurbishment aimed at increasing visitors and therefore revenue, as well as putting in some exciting new displays for visitors, including locals (who get free admission). York Castle Museum is having a new cafe and shop installed, which, again, aims to improve the visitor experience and increase revenue. Again, York residents get free admission all year round. All of the museum's galleries are open during this work, so visitors are not missing anything. Much of this work is being funded externally, thanks to the efforts of York Museums Trust fundraisers. As already stated, this work aims to improve the visitor experience, increase visitor numbers and raise revenue, so how is this a negative thing for the city? As a charity, the Trust does not make a profit, but ploughs everything back into the museums and galleries. As for York Art Gallery, it is deliberately free to all as a fantastic art venue. What's wrong with that?
Huh! Bet your'e in their pay!
Yes, I work for York Museums Trust and make no secret of it. I know how hard everybody at the Trust works to make a success of the city's museums and gallery, plus York St. Mary's, so I am proud to be part of it. As we have attracted 9% more visitors this year (April to March) than the previous one, I think results speak for themselves. Bear in mind that this is with the Yorkshire Museum closed for its refurbishment since November and you will see what an accomplishment this is.
[quote][p][bold]myrtlescrote[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tcrown[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]myrtlescrote[/bold] wrote: No thanks to York Musuems Trust! One musuem shut, one looks like a building site and the Art gallery brings us in no money at all![/p][/quote]The Yorkshire Museum is closed for a massive refurbishment aimed at increasing visitors and therefore revenue, as well as putting in some exciting new displays for visitors, including locals (who get free admission). York Castle Museum is having a new cafe and shop installed, which, again, aims to improve the visitor experience and increase revenue. Again, York residents get free admission all year round. All of the museum's galleries are open during this work, so visitors are not missing anything. Much of this work is being funded externally, thanks to the efforts of York Museums Trust fundraisers. As already stated, this work aims to improve the visitor experience, increase visitor numbers and raise revenue, so how is this a negative thing for the city? As a charity, the Trust does not make a profit, but ploughs everything back into the museums and galleries. As for York Art Gallery, it is deliberately free to all as a fantastic art venue. What's wrong with that?[/p][/quote]Huh! Bet your'e in their pay![/p][/quote]Yes, I work for York Museums Trust and make no secret of it. I know how hard everybody at the Trust works to make a success of the city's museums and gallery, plus York St. Mary's, so I am proud to be part of it. As we have attracted 9% more visitors this year (April to March) than the previous one, I think results speak for themselves. Bear in mind that this is with the Yorkshire Museum closed for its refurbishment since November and you will see what an accomplishment this is. tcrown
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7:32am Fri 2 Apr 10

idlehousewife says...

Already packing my suitcase!
Already packing my suitcase! idlehousewife
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