More people are visiting Hull as a tourist destination in recent years, increasing footfall in the town centre and tourist destinations within the city, writes Fallon Flanagan.
Research by Visit Hull and East Yorkshire has shown that total trips have risen by 6.4 per cent since 2012.
The City of Culture received 5.1m visits within 2015 rising a further 11.5% in 2016 to 5.5m visitors. Throughout the summer months of 2017 Hull was thriving with international visitors and saw an 80% rise in the amount of domestic visitors.
After its reopening in 2017 Hull’s Ferens Art Gallery saw a 500% increase in visitors throughout 2017 as opposed to the previous year.
Mary Whittaker, a Hull City of Culture volunteer spoke on the increased footfall of the gallery saying:
“The gallery was thriving many weekends of 2017, people were visiting from all over the first week we hosted the Turner Prize. It’s calmed down a bit now, being winter and all but hopefully people will continue visiting in the coming months even without the City of Culture title”.
With the increase in visitors Hull’s tourism value increased to £285million, £10million more than the previous year. Along with the tourism value increasing so did the amount of jobs within Hull and the tourism industry. Throughout the first few months of 2017, atleast 550 new jobs were created alongside the 89 new businesses that were opened.
Despite Hull losing the title of City of Culture tourism within the city is not expected to fall, with many measures set in place to continue increasing the number of visitors to the City. The Hull Venue, a music and events complex costing £40million is set to open in 2018 also. With a capacity of 3,500 this is hoping to attract musicians and artists to put Hull on their list of tour-dates.