Leeds visitor numbers rise for 2018 (6.3% + on last year)

England play at Leeds United

Leeds visitor numbers rise for 2018

Our great city is simply unstoppable at the moment!  From attracting the England football team before their World Cup exploits to headline showbiz acts like, Bruno Mars. It seems we are on the rise and that bigger things are still to come for Leeds…but why should we be surprised, after all, “we’re great”! (said in Yorkshire accent)

Location, transport and shopping…

Situated smack bang in the middle of the UK’s main motorway networks and equidistant from East – West and North – South, Leeds is perfectly placed in the U.K for visitors from all pockets of the U.K. Being perfectly placed is one thing but how can people easily get around our city or for the matter, get into it (btw you’ll need a degree in road science to work the one way Loop system but we’ll let you experience that wonder, all on your own)

Transport funding – at last!

To remain a comfortable experience for our visiting friends we must see huge strides forward in the investment of major infrastructure and with the £300 million planned for HS2 and the transforming cities fund of £1.7 bn – fundamentally positioned to improve transport – then we should see massive improvements over the next 5 years.  HS2 developments come slightly later but with Transpennine routes and local bus systems receiving immediate cash from Gov now, there is hope that the stress on current services will improve and fast!

Shopping is incredible in Leeds  (but we still miss the old Briggate)

Since the Trinity Arcade and Victoria Gate opened we have enjoyed an extra 150 million into the Leeds coffers and this has been the case every year, since 2013 and when Trinity opened (yes thats been 5 years!)

Recent figures for Victoria Gate will have bolstered this in excess of £150 million, with other shopping powerhouses set to set up shop over the next few years.  Could we now take that 2nd spot and be the best shopping experience outside of London?  Sorry to sound overtly confident but this is one thing that IS coming home.

So with investment a plenty, transport starting to receive £££ and visitor numbers up (6.3% on last year with also a 3.8% increase on hotel stop overs) we now need some serious parking investment and spaces installed in and around our city.  Tune in for next weeks instalment to find out what we can unearth in terms of parking and the issues commuters and shoppers are experiencing everyday.  It’s not good reading and may get worse, before it gets better….