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Art gallery paints picture of flourishing Wirral tourism

Some good news for those involved in the Wirral tourism and hotel industry has recently been revealed – the area is thriving.

Among the encouraging figures revealed by the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions early this week was a 7% rise in visitors to Port Sunlight’s historic Lady Lever Art Gallery, with the total number of guests topping 200,000 during 2012.

The gallery, founded in 1922 by legendary Wirral entrepreneur William Hesketh Lever, is home to works by the likes of J. M. W. Turner and Edward Burne-Jones, and is currently running an exhibition of pieces from Wirral schools.

Speaking broadly about the Wirral as a hotbed of tourism, Chris Meaden, Wirral council member for culture, tourism and leisure, said:

“Wirral’s visitor economy is buoyant, with attractions like the Lady Lever Art Gallery and our fantastic restaurants, guesthouses and hotels contributing to a £289 million sector.

“Wirral is attracting more than 6.5 million visitors annually, who are coming here to visit our historic parks, visiting for events like last year’s Ricoh Women’s Open and bringing jobs and investment to the area.”

Over in Liverpool, it was also a great year for the Walker Art Gallery, which saw a 40% rise in visitors, and the newly-built Museum of Liverpool, which had more visitors than any other museum outside of London.

If the trend is to continue, hotels on the Wirral can surely look forward to a prosperous 2013, as an increasing number of people from around the country look to experience everything the picturesque peninsula has to offer.

Posted by Mark
March 15, 2013

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