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York event venues closed by flooding

The York Dungeon, Jorvik Viking Centre and Merchant Adventurers’ Hall closed, but city remains open for business

Parts of York were left submerged by flooding. Picture by Richard Scott

All but three meeting and event venues in York remain open after severe floods hit the city between Christmas and New Year.

Three attractions used for conferences and events which are currently closed are The York Dungeon, Jorvik Viking Centre and Merchant Adventurers’ Hall, while VisitYork4Meetings, the business tourism arm of destination management organisation Make It York, has stressed the remainder of the city centre venues are open for business.

Parts of York were submerged when flood defences failed after storms and heavy rain over the Christmas period, with the Jorvik Viking Centre among the worst hit venues. 

The city is due to host the Liberal Democrats Spring Conference at York Barbican on 11 – 13 March.

Laura Freer, business tourism manager at VisitYork4Meetings, said: “At the start of the New Year it’s crucial we spread the message far and wide that York is open for business and there is absolutely no reason to cancel any conference or event bookings in the city. Business visits and conferences make up a significant part of our tourism sector and it’s vital we make a confident start to 2016.”

Business tourism is estimated to have generated £140 million for the city in 2014, while plans to expand the sector in York include the addition of Hotel Indigo, a new boutique hotel and developments at The Grand Hotel & Spa, The Royal York Hotel, York Art Gallery and The Bar Convent Living Heritage Centre.  

Freer added: “We would like to offer reassurance that York is open for business and look forward to welcoming delegates and business visitors to the city throughout 2016.”

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