As one the UK’s fastest growing cities, Leeds thrives on an ambition to always be a leading centre for economic growth and success.
As a consequence, our expanding retail offering ranks among the top cities in the country and an enviable food, drink and night life scene has seen our tourism sector grow exponentially, with millions flocking to experience a buzzing and cosmopolitan city centre.
The city welcomed just over 29 million tourism visits in 2017, with leisure tourism generating a massive £1.75 billion and in turn supporting more than 20,000 jobs. Business tourism in the city has also been valued at £577m and Leeds has been named among the most popular conference destination in the UK. Those impressive numbers have been bolstered by a significant increase in office accommodation and double digit growth in the city’s food and beverage sector.
International recognition has followed, with tourist guide Lonely Planet naming Leeds one of its top ten European tourist destinations for 2017 and the Victoria Gate retail and leisure complex, complete with a flagship John Lewis store, scooping the title of world’s best shopping centre at the MIPIM Awards 2017. This year has also seen Leeds retain its prestigious Purple Flag status for a third successive year, a benchmark for excellence in managing its bustling evening and night time economy.