HS2 will boost Birmingham’s growing visitor economy

HS2 will have a tremendous impact on Birmingham’s growing visitor economy, says Marketing Birmingham chief executive Neil Rami.

Visitor numbers have increased by 13% in Birmingham in the last five years, from 29.1 million to 32.8 million. This is worth an estimated £4.6 billion to the local economy.

Mr Rami said Birmingham’s location at the hub of the HS2 network meant it was uniquely placed to take advantage of fast, direct links with major UK and European cities.

Birmingham already attracts more conferences than any other UK city outside London and Mr Rami says HS2 will bring many more business and leisure visitors to the region:

The Birmingham area is already very successful in attracting both business and leisure visitors, but we need greater accessibility both to and within the city to boost these numbers even further.

The speed and convenience of high speed rail – plus other investments in the region such as the regeneration of New Street Station, Birmingham Airport’s redevelopment and the extension of Midland Metro – will make it much easier for local, national and international travellers to visit the region, which will help to attract more consumer spending and business investment here.

HS2 will cut Birmingham-London journey times from around 1 hour 24 minutes to 45 minutes, with phase two cutting Birmingham-Manchester journey times from 1 hour 31 minutes to 41 minutes and Birmingham-Leeds journey times from two hours to 57 minutes.

Mr Rami commented:

Birmingham is one of the UK’s best placed cities for exhibitions, conferences and event facilities, including The NEC, The ICC, The LG Arena and the NIA.

The arrival of HS2 will make a tremendously positive impact on this industry, boosting our reputation as somewhere that delegates can easily reach and will enjoy visiting – two key factors for organisers when they are considering where to locate events.

As well as the 30,000 bed spaces already available to visitors to Birmingham and the wider region, there are an additional 27 hotels at various stages in planning and construction.

Jerry Blackett, CEO, Birmingham Chamber of Commerce Group, said:

We now have an opportunity to live through another railway era and the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce is convinced that this will grow our city exponentially.

By shrinking the appreciable distances between our engines of growth, our cities, and by dramatically boosting the capacity on our railways our economy will reap the benefit.

Our HS2 stations in Eastside and at the Airport and NEC must be clear and confident statements of intent from a bold and ambitious city.”

Paul Thandi, CEO NEC Group, said:

The NEC site alone, which is also home to the LG Arena as well as the NEC, attracts more than three million visitors each year – 70 per cent of which are from outside the West Midlands, and 10 per cent outside the UK.

These two venues create 25,000 jobs and generate £1.8 billion economic impact – so with time being one of the most precious commodities, if it’s easier and faster to get to us, then this is a great advantage – attracting even more visitors from a broader market and greatly benefiting the wider regional economy.

In "Media Centre"

Festivals & events

Essentials

Maps & Guides

Maps & Guides for your visit.

Read More

Getting around

Getting around Birmingham couldn’t be easier...

Read More

What's on

Search for places, events & accommodation...

Read More

Festivals & events

Take a look at what’s on now and coming up here...

Read More

FROM TWITTER

RT @momondo: Why do we love @OxfordCity @visit_bham @cotswolds @WeLoveBath @VisitBristol? They're part of the best Brit trip! https://t.co/

RT @BhamCityCouncil: All wrapped up and ready to go! @TheBigSleuth bear cubs are being let loose into the wild today https://t.co/eHlNKdr9L

RT @WICBham2018: And here she is. Ruby the Red Panda is the newest member of our family and the official #wicbham2018 mascot!Pics from th…

RT @custardfactory: FOUR amazing food/drink festivals are coming to the CF this summer (https://t.co/mL5REviCM2)!Which ONE are you most ex…

Sporting highlights

All sporting events

There’s always something, or someone, to cheer for here

Read More

Culture

Art Galleries

Birmingham’s art collection is as wide as it is impressive. 

Read More

Stage & Screen

From touring West End shows to showcasing local talent.

Read More

Music

A huge arena tour or an intimate gig?  You’ll find it here.

Read More

Film

Multiplexes, the UK’s oldest working cinema or art house cool?

Read More

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

A vibrant museum in the heart of the city with over 40 galleries.

Read More

Dance

A diverse range of dance groups and venues.

Read More

See More, Feel More

Come, stay and soak up the culture in one of Europe's most vibrant cities.

Read More

Shopping

Shoppinginbirmingham.com

Plan the perfect shopping trip with full store, centre and brand directories.

Read More

Shopping centres

From the world-famous, 21st Century Bullring to the Victorian elegance of the Great Western Arcade.

Read More

Vibrant streets

Linking the centres are Birmingham’s bustling shopping streets, packed with major brands and boutique independents.

Read More

Markets

Don’t miss Birmingham’s amazing markets – whether it’s the 850-year old Bullring markets or the...

Read More

Jewellery Quarter

Home to more diamond rings, finishing touches and tokens of love than anywhere else in...

Read More

Getting Married in Birmingham

We have everything covered from the rings right up to the venue itself.

Read More

Featured Itineraries