There has been a refurbishment of many of the public areas of the Brighton Centre to reverse the decline in bookings. This has generated hundreds of millions of pounds of new business for the city already.
New hotels have opened including the Jurys Inn and Ibis and investment has continued among much of the remaining bedstock in the city.
New events have become established including the Marathon, London to Brighton Night Bike Ride and Screen on the Beach.
The Olympics was celebrated across the city and events for future years have been secured including Rugby World Cup 2015 matches to be played at the Community Stadium.
The Tourism service, Visitbrighton, has grown it’s business partnership to around 450 businesses; traffic to www.visitbrighton.com has reached 1.8m unique visitors with around 9m page impressions; £5m annual media coverage has been generated through travel and lifestyle titles from around the world; and around £60m of conference bookings generated per annum.
While Visit Brighton has had to close the Visitor Information Centre it has developed new visitor services points with partner businesses around the city and continues to produce maps and other materials to help visitors choose the destination and have a good time when they get here. The app for example has reached about 15,000 downloads in under a year.
With the range of existing events, festivals and sporting venues the city continues to receive many millions of visitors each year.