This boom, from £6.2bn to 6.5bn, is being accounted to a swelling in the number of visitors spending at least one night in Manchester, in 2012, as numbers reached more than 10.3m, 8.4% up on the previous year.
Tourism chiefs are convinced that the bonanza of events played out in Manchester this year, will ensure that numbers surge even further. It has already been confirmed that this year’s Manchester International Festival brought an estimated 250,000 visitors boosting the region’s economy by £40m and with other high-profile events including the Ashes at Old Trafford and The Conservative Party Conference at Manchester Central; experts are predicting a bumper year.
Statistics from Manchester Airport also indicate that the city is flying towards record-breaking passenger numbers in 2013. The airport has reported that over 2.2m passengers passed through Manchester Airport last month, as passenger numbers increased for the 14th consecutive month.
This heavy-traffic has determined that total traffic through the airport this year has now exceeded 7.8m, a year on year increase of 5.6%.
The influx in tourists to the city has caused jobs within the tourism sector to soar by 2,896 in 2012, with more service required to supply the ever-increasing number of tourists who view Manchester, as one of the UK’s most attractive holiday destinations.
Adapted from Manchester Evening News