25 September 2017   |  Last Updated 25-03-2015 05:50

      The Lowry puts Salford on the map

       

      THE Lowry arts centre has been named as Greater Manchester's top attraction and credited with a huge boom in tourism.

      The venue has created over 180 new jobs since 2013 along with a £24 million boost in tourism revenue.

       

      According to Figures from the Scarborough Tourism Economic Activity Monitor (STEAM), Salford Quays drew over seven million visitors to Salford in 2013.

      Of these, over 800,000 visited the Lowry, making it the top attraction in Greater Manchester.

      The Lowry arts centre at night - host to many celebrities, events, and shows


      Other Salford sites which have captured visitors' attentions are MediaCityUK, Salford Lads' Club and Ordsall Hall.

      A spokesperson from The Lowry arts centre said: “The Lowry is a ‘must see’ tourist attraction. It is an exciting and stimulating venue for education and recreation.”

       

      Esther Jackon-Verton, Media City student, 21, said: “I’ve attended the radio festival at the Lowry and I’m looking into going to the exhibitions. On sunny days it’s really nice, and can get really busy with families.”

      Sahidi Seedat, local resident, 42, said: “The Lowry gives Salford a more glam outlet. The theatre is fantastic and the people are really friendly.”

      MediaCity worker Dave Hamilton, 35, said: “I work locally so spend a lot of time in the Lowry on my lunch breaks. I’m not impressed by the shopping centre, but the theatre is amazing.

      “Having worked in Media City for three years I can say it’s definitely got a lot busier. I think it’s because they’re doing more stuff at the theatre to get people travelling here. I think if it wasn’t here we’d definitely miss it.”


      By Rebecca Ore

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