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Tourism Intelligence - November 2016

The big attractions in York had their most successful month of the year, with visits up by 21% and with one attraction reporting an 80% increase in visitors compared to 2015.

Smaller attractions showed a mixed picture and the overall average percentage was 23% down (however this data was slightly skewed by a dip in visitor numbers to some of the larger attractions in this group).

However, there were a number of attractions in this group who reported successes due to their appealing programmes; including Holgate Windmill (increase of over 400% due to strong growth in group visits), York Army Museum (more programming around Remembrance Sunday than in previous years resulted in visitor numbers increasing by 86%) and the Merchant Adventurers Hall (visitor numbers up by a quarter, thanks to a popular Shakespeare performance).

Across all attractions, large and small, visitor numbers were 15% higher than in November 2015 with the York Pass driving an additional 2% of visits to attractions.

Again, York’s hotels had an above average month, with hotel room occupancy 7% higher than in November 2015 at 81% (and 3% above average for this time of year) and average room rate also showing growth (up 12% in November), to £94.94.

Traffic to through the mobile site rocketed by more than 300% in November, now accounting for a third of all sessions on our website. However this wasn’t strong enough to balance out the 33% drop in traffic on the desktop site taking total sessions to 9% below the same time last year.

Conference and event enquiries were 8% down in November vs last year and city centre footfall also saw a drop compared to last year, of 3%.

Footfall through the Visit York Information Centre grew by 4% compared to last year, giving the centre its second best monthly performance this year.

Summary for November 2016:

• 81.0% of hotel rooms occupied
• £94.94 average hotel room rate
• 150,286 visits to attractions
• 2,575 visits to attractions using a York Pass
• 218,816 sessions on, including on the mobile site
• 46 enquiries generated by the VisitYork4Meetings conference desk
• 30,814 customers through the Visit York Information Centre

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