Brighton & Hove is enjoying a busy summer as more and more people rediscover the joys of the British seaside and decide to stay close to home for their holidays.
The impact of the recession, the exchange rate, and worries about airport disruption, combined with [reasonably] good weather and positive media coverage have all helped to bring about a surge in interest in the city.
The city's official tourism website - www.visitbrighton.com - had a record breaking month in July with more than 140,000 unique visitors, up from 88,000 in 2009 [59% increase]. And over the first seven months of the year, to the end of July, the number of people visiting the website to get information about the city's offering rose by 33%.
This online interest has translated into strong visitor numbers in the city. In the last three months alone Brighton Visitor Information centre has welcomed more than 100,000 visitors. There has also been a 21% increase in accommodation bookings made through VisitBrighton during the first seven months of the year compared with 2009.
Visitor numbers to the Royal Pavilion are also up, increasing from 135,000 in April, May, June and July 2009 to more than 153,000 in the same period this year.
The city has already welcomed 40 travel journalists this year which has generated publicity in national magazines in this country and abroad. Fifteen more journalists will be visiting the city over the next six weeks.
For tourist information, including details of forthcoming events in the city, visit www.visitbrighton.com
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