City centre traders are likely to be looking with concern at the numbers of people who are visiting the City centre. New footfall figures have been published.
The figures suggest that visitor numbers to the City may have plateaued.
Long periods of hot weather haven’t, in the past, been good for York with some tourists preferring to visit coastal areas.
This years weather has been mixed.
Special attractions like the Rose Theatre, although generally successful, are not sold out while interest in events like the current “Great Yorkshire Fringe” are at best comparable with last year.
During June several York streets saw a 10% drop in visitor numbers in 2019 compared to the same month in 2018.
Early figures for July in Parliament Street suggest a 4% drop in visitor numbers during July.
Perhaps not surprisingly, given the number of empty shops on Coney Street, that area has seen visitor numbers drop from 812,808 in June 2017 to 713,762 in June of this year.
There is no shortage of excellent “Festivals“ in York while the work of the BID has seen several parts of the city centre tidied up.
The most important time for many City centre traders is the period between now and Christmas.
Lets hope that the City continues to be “best day out” in the region