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Business tourism worth £140m to York as new plans unveiled

VisitYork4Meetings has revealed a breakdown of key investments in 2015 and the latest investment plans for 2016

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VisitYork4Meetings, the business tourism brand of Make It York, has revealed business tourism generates £140 million for the city.

Latest figures show that more than 16,000 meetings, conferences and events take place in York annually, representing 25 per cent of total visitor spend. 

Laura Freer, business tourism manager at VisitYork4Meetings, said: “Following the vast investment in 2014/15, it’s fantastic to see this continue into the New Year. Our main focus is to ensure year on year growth in the meetings and events sector in York and therefore further product investment is vital to build on the multitude of unique facilities the city has to offer.  

“York is now in a prominent position in the UK conferencing market; with over 90 conference venues available for meetings and it’s fantastic news to see further investments and developments planned.”

Developments for 2015/16 include the multi-million pound investment project at The Royal York Hotel, which will see the city centre hotel re-launch as a 4 star de luxe early in the New Year. The project includes a refurbishment of all 159 bedrooms, a new restaurant seating 129 guests and a new bar concept. 

Also in the New Year, The Grand Hotel & Spa is planning a £15 million redevelopment of the former Northern Railway headquarters. Plans were submitted earlier this year for an expansion and refurbishment programme which will increase the number of guest rooms to over 200, upgrade the conference and spa facilities, as well as create a new restaurant space seating 140 guests.

In another significant investment Staycity Serviced Apartments will open a new site in a six-storey building which will be completed in Spring 2016 next to York Barbican Centre and overlooking the City Walls; the apartments will complement the conference offer at the Barbican Centre, providing conference delegates attending events with a convenient place to stay.

In 2015 The Best Western Monkbar Hotel opened a new function suite as part of a £3 million development programme, while York’s newest hotel addition, the boutique 101-room Hotel Indigo, opened its doors in July this year following a £10 million build, creating 45 new jobs in the city. 

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