Facts and Figures on Manchester
Manchester is the second most visited city in England and the third in the UK after Edinburgh! The number of visitor days is well in excess of 100 million, and the impact to the economy is huge; current estimates are that visitors add around £5.8 billion to the city’s economy. Tourism supports nearly 80,000 full time jobs. Many visitors stay in the city overnight, around 9 million of them, so it is fortunate that there are plenty of hotels in Manchester. Many of these are international visitors. In 2008, Greater Manchester received 1.08 million international visitors and Manchester 886,000. So why do visitors come to the City and what is there to do?
A Centre For Business
Manchester is an important business hub and its economy is one of the largest in the UK. Trafford Park is the manufacturing centre and the main business centres are Spinningfields and Corridor Manchester. A survey carried out in 2010 concluded that Manchester was the second best city to launch a business. The business sector contributes to the influx of visitors as well as tourism, meaning there is much demand for Manchester city hotels.
Many visit Manchester for academic reasons. Manchester, with its universities and colleges has a huge student population, in fact the largest student population of any city in Europe. It has a very strong academic record and many important inventions and discoveries have happened there including the splitting of the atom. Many of the countries, and even the world’s, top academics are employed by the University.
Many visit Manchester for football. With the top Premiership teams of Manchester United and Manchester City there are millions of football fans worldwide who follow these clubs, and every month many thousands of fans of other Premiership clubs visit Manchester to watch their own clubs play away matches there.
Then there are the visitors who visit Manchester just for fun – it has an amazing music scene, both classical and popular, In terms of culture, Manchester ranks as the second most important city in the UK. There are numerous art galleries and museums, theatres and cinemas, an exciting variety of architectural styles, and some amazing city pubs that date back to the early days of coaching inns.
Rising Star City
Manchester has been through a lot, coping with the chronic financial hardships of the 1920’s and bombing raids that destroyed much of its centre. It has survived and flourished, developing into a major international city – so it’s not surprising that so many people visit!