The economic benefit of last week's 3-day Other Voices event has become clear, as 100% hotel occupancy rates were revealed today.
Pubs and bars on 'The Music Trail', which showed the concerts live on large screens, were also thronged with extra customers.
Billy Campbell, owner of Mason’s Bar and the lease-holder of The Glassworks where the concerts took place, said: “The weekend couldn’t have worked out better for us. Our normal trade doubled over the three days. I’ve been in touch with a number of bars around the town and they were all packed as well – they are astounded at the level of trade. It’s been great to have The Glassworks associated with something like Other Voices and now we aim to have it as a venue for many more events to come in the future.”
Executive Producer of Other Voices, Philip King said: “The economic value to the city is very significant with 100% occupancy rates in the usually very slow month of February. The city was made visible to the world over the weekend on many platforms. There is a message going out to the world that this is indeed a considerable place and a place worth considering. As for doing it again well it's sort of a no brainer really.....”
Culture Company 2013 Chief Executive Shona McCarthy said the success of the Other Voices weekend had exceeded all expectations. “This city was buzzing all weekend, one which will live on in the minds of everyone who was here for many years to come. It was such a thrill to see the city centre thriving with the pubs and clubs packed with music lovers all out having a wonderful time. City of Culture is about providing amazing entertainment, but there is a wider economic benefit which stems from that and I think that is now evident to anyone who was out and about in Derry~Londonderry city centre over the past few days.”
Odhran Dunne, Interim Chief Executive of the Derry Visitor and Convention Bureau, said that hotel occupancy in the city had exceeded expectations. “The weekend did have strong hotel occupancy for Friday and in particular Sunday night,” he said.
Linda Neill, Sales and Marketing Manager of the City Hotel, said: “Other Voices ... brought a significant number of visitors which resulted in the hotel being very busy from Friday to Sunday. We also witnessed an increase in the visitors dining in the bar and restaurant. Overall this event had a very positive impact on the City Hotel.”