Birmingham regional growth

A report conducted by Marketing Birmingham showed that 37.2 million tourists visited Birmingham in 2014, creating a new record for tourism figures. The report shows a 9.4 per cent growth year on the year for the city as well as a growth in the visitor economy of half a billion during 2014. The growth in the economy also created up to 5,000 new jobs beating its UK competitors including Edinburgh, Liverpool, Glasgow and Cardiff. These results also follow the news that the city is now home to five Michelin-starred restaurants. Chairman of Marketing Birmingham, Paul Kehoe said “New air routes to China and New York, major events including the Frankfurt Christmas Markets and the Conservative Party Conference and a growing retail and independent culture offering saw millions travel to Birmingham and boost our status as a global destination.” Andy Street, chair of the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership also commented on the regional growth. He said “There is a buzz and energy about Greater Birmingham that is attracting more people, who are keen to see and be part of a place that is bounding forward. The feeling of excitement here is contagious and with more investment, innovation and ideas being put in place, we expect this region to continue to become a truly global destination.”
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