Regional

By Louise Drewery on 04 February 2019

Gig goers from across the world have visited Hull since the city’s Bonus Arena opened last year. Almost 95,000 tickets were issued during 2018 for events at the region’s newest events complex, despite the fact the Myton Street building only officially opened in August.

Visitors from Australia, New Zealand, Japan and the United States of America are among those who have come to the arena to see the likes of Boy George and Culture Club, Van Morrison, Olly Murs, Courteeners and the World Seniors Snooker.

Hundreds of people from across mainland Europe and the rest of the world have travelled specifically to Hull to see events at the Bonus Arena, with visitors also coming from Germany, Albania, Italy, Sweden, Hungary, Canada, Norway and Spain.

And that is in addition to thousands of people from across the UK and Ireland who have travelled from all four corners of the country to see events at the Bonus Arena.

88,000 tickets were purchased for events during the calendar year of 2018, with a further 7,000 through the door for conferences, award ceremonies and Christmas parties.

With huge events planned for the rest of 2019, and many more announcements still to come, it is hoped even more visitors will come to the city this year boosting the region’s tourism economy.

Dan Harris, General Manager at the Bonus Arena, said: “The arena has had a significant impact on bringing people – and their money – into Hull. Just last week we had two sold out performances by Boyzone, which saw people travelling from mainland Europe and Ireland specifically to come to Hull.

“We have had people travel to the city from Australia, New Zealand, Japan and the United States too and the feedback we have had has been fantastic. In hosting the World Seniors Snooker tour, which was broadcast live across Europe on TV, Hull is being put into the spotlight and put on the events map for all the right reasons.

“The Bonus Arena is rightly having a significant, positive impact as a tourist destination and we hope to build on that, and bring even more people to the city, in 2019.”

79 per cent of ticket purchasers in 2018 live in the Hull and East Riding area, with Lincolnshire and North Yorkshire also popular.

7,000 of the visitors were for conferences and exhibitions, including a celebration event for Absolutely Cultured, the Hull Daily Mail Digital Awards and seven Christmas party nights. Major conferences and sporting events will visit the arena in 2019 with further details to be announced soon.

Almost 90 per cent of tickets sold in 2018 were over the internet, with customers mostly opting to either have their tickets posted or printing them at home themselves.

The Bonus Arena officially opened in August with a show by the legendary Van Morrison. Other gigs announced so far at the Arena include Olly Murs, Richard Ashcroft, The Vamps, Catfish and the Bottlemen, X Factor Live and The Beach Boys.

A full list of events can be found at www.bonusarenahull.com

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