Council seeks views on attracting more people into city centre on Sundays
26 Nov 2019
Belfast City Council is asking members of the public for their views on how to attract new visitors to the city centre on Sundays - particularly during the spring and summer.
The consultation follows significant investment by Council and a range of partners in continuing the regeneration and development of the city centre.
Activity has focused on improving accessibility into and around the city, increasing the provision of cultural and leisure facilities, creating family spaces, enhancing the retail offer, supporting residential areas and creating a more positive experience for tourists.
Council recognises that the way in which people are using the city centre has changed significantly over recent years.
Tourists, in particular, make a significant contribution to the local economy. Last year, 28 ships docked in Belfast on a Sunday, carrying 46,000 passengers and crew, while hotel occupancy on a Saturday evening in Belfast averaged at around 85%. This has been identified as creating a demand for things to do and see on a Sunday – and also presents opportunities to support the local economy and create jobs.
The results of the consultation will be used by Belfast City Council to develop a ‘Sundays in the City’ programme to enhance the city centre on Sundays, driving footfall and spend with local retail, hospitality, leisure and cultural providers.
It is intended that these actions will revitalise and strengthen the city centre’s economic and social regeneration, in line with ambitions set out in The Belfast Agenda, Belfast’s Community Plan.
The consultation is open until Friday 17 January, 2020.
For further information and to respond to the consultation go to: www.belfastcity.gov.uk/consultations