The city is mainly a business destination and seeks to expand its MICE activity. It is currently the 82nd largest city worldwide in number of hosted conferences; in 2015 it hosted 31 international congresses.
Illustration picture: A View of the Manchester Skyline from 111 Piccadilly, Manchester - CC by www.tecmark.co.uk
The city is also developing its cultural offer, via the opening in 2014 of the cultural centre Old Granada Studio and in early 2015 of the Whitworth Art Museum, which reopened after works to expand. The National Football Museum was transferred to Manchester in mid-2012 and the global appeal of the city’s two major football clubs supports growth in international arrivals. In recent years, Manchester has been recording solid growth in international demand and arrivals. In 2016, its airport welcomed 25.6 million passengers, +10.4% from 2015. Manchester Airport recently invested £80 million in the renovation of its Terminals 1 and 2. Corporate operated chain supply gathered 13,075 rooms as of January 1, 2017.
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