Despite the non-arrival of the promised “barbeque summer” and the gloom of the recession, visitors have not given up on the city and there is considerable evidence to suggest they are coming in even greater numbers.
Figures released by the City Council show that 46,000 more people passed through the doors of the Visitor Information Centre next to the Royal Pavilion in July than the same month in 2008 – the highest monthly total in four years.
It was complemented by a 28% month-on-month increase in visits to the official VisitBrighton website.
Meanwhile the Business Forum’s footfall counting cameras, which count pedestrians in the city centre’s Prime Pitch, are showing a slight decrease on last year but only of less than 1%. Retail sales continue to hold up out-performing the national benchmark every month of 2009 except April.
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