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THE FACTS ABOUT MANN ISLAND & LIVERPOOL Did you know FTSE 250 firm take more space in Port of Liverpool building. Read more. Record visitor figures for City Read more.

The UK’s fastest growing economy outside London... LIVERPOOL is the UK’s fastest growing economy outside London. It is at the centre of a conurbation of 1.6 million people, and has an economy generating £17 billion per year. The strength of Liverpool’s economy is evidenced by the calibre of companies it attracts. Sony, Jaguar Land Rover and Grosvenor are all major investors in Liverpool. Read more.

Liverpool tops TripAdvisor poll as Britain’s Best Nightlife Destination Read more. Conde Nast readers vote Liverpool as UK’s friendliest city Read more.

Openeye Gallery moves to Mann Island Liverpool’s only dedicated photography gallery moved home on November 5th to this fantastic new waterfront location just along from the new Museum of Liverpool The launch also brings with it two brand new exhibitions by Mitch Epstein and Chris SteelePerkins’ photographs from the Open Eye archive being shown on the upper floor. view the opening or take a look here for more information the latest events...

Iconic Mersey Ferry in top 10 river sights Read more.

Record visitor figures for City Region for first 7 months of 2011 Read more.

Museum projects in excess of 1 million visitors per year Officially opened by the Queen on the 1st of December. The £72m museum, which explores the history of the city and its residents, opened to the public on 19th July at Pier Head. A quarter of a million people visited the new Museum of Liverpool within the first month. It is expected that over 1 million people will visit the museum in its first year. Director Janet Dugdale said the

visitor numbers were “staggering” and that she was “thrilled with the success of the new museum”. Adding “There is a real buzz of excitement in the museum and it’s so nice to see so many people enjoying themselves.” The museum, with four main galleries and several smaller ones is now fully open. for more information visit

Demographics and employment Liverpool has a resident population of 445,000, making it the second largest city in the North West, after Manchester. This figure rises to 1.6m if the population of the wider Merseyside area is included. Although the city’s population experienced a decline throughout the 1980s and ‘90s, this has reached a watershed and the population is expected to grow again over the next fifteen years at 0.3% pa on average.



The City of Liverpool, 4th largest by population in the UK .

• Mann Island is surrounded by 8 hotels with 1,369 bedrooms which have the highest occupancy rates in the City due to the proximity to the Waterfront and Central Business District. • Hotel visitor numbers to the city has increased year on year with visits outside of summer months being particularly strong. • The Three Graces, (Royal Liver, Cunard and Port of Liverpool) and Mann Island provide 1,000,000 sqft of occupied offices and house 5,700 staff. • With the exception of Mann Island and one oriental restaurant at the Ferry Terminal there are no other restaurants immediately serving the above buildings. • The adjacent Three Graces house the biggest concentration of wealth fund managers outside of London. • Pier Head, Mann Island and the Waterfront is the focus of leisure visitors to the City with circa 6,000,000 visitors per year. • The iconic Mersey Ferry is featured in the world’s top 10 most spectacular river sights by Lonely Planet. • The public parking located in the basement beneath Mann Island will provide circa 300 spaces to serve the Waterfront and the ACC Arena. • The newly opened Museum of Liverpool has exceeded expectations in terms of visitor numbers (taking 250,000 in the first month) and the new galleries have opened which will reinforce its offer. Visitor numbers are expected to exceed 1,000,000 per annum. • The Open Eye Gallery adjacent to the Brasserie Blanc unit has recently opened and is attracting new visitors to the site. • Starbucks opened for trading at Mann Island on 1st December. • The RIBA is relocating its Northern headquarters and exhibition centre to offices above the Brasserie Blanc unit. • Layout plans currently drawn for a high profile restaurant group for a new brand roll out. • The Mann Island units are less than 10 minutes walk from the heart of Liverpool ONE, and are visible from the main road crossing between the Waterfront and Liverpool ONE. Liverpool ONE has attracted 70 million visitors since opening in May 2008, and for 2011 had already drawn in 10.5 up to June. • Liverpool was designated a World Heritage City by UNESCO in 2004, placing the city’s famous waterfront alongside some of the world’s most important places. • Liverpool has risen from 15th to 5th in Experian’s retail ranking. • Liverpool has risen from 16th to 6th in the UK for international visitors. • Liverpool now outranks New York City as a conference destination. WWW.MANNISLANDCOMMERCIAL.CO.UK



Statistics for Mann Island and the surrounding Waterfront area Commercial

Visitor Attractions

• No.1 Mann Island - 140,000 sqft, Mersey Travel HQ, 800 staff • Royal Liver Building - 350,000 sqft, 2100 employees • Cunard Building - 300,000 sqft, 1900 employees • Port of Liverpool - 160,000 sqft, 900 employees

• Tate Liverpool - 650,000 visitors per annum • Merseyside Maritime Museum - 940,000 • Museum of Liverpool - 1,000,000+ • Mersey Ferries - 700,000  • Albert Dock - 5,000,000 • ACC Arena - 580,00

Hotels • Hilton - 215 rooms • Crown Plaza - 159 rooms • Malmaison - 130 rooms • Radisson Blu - 194 rooms • Atlantic Tower by Thistle - 225 rooms • Hotel Indigo - 151 rooms • Days Inn - 154 rooms • Travelodge - 141 rooms

Cruise Liner Terminal • 15 major cruises 2011 - 25,000 passengers • 19 planned for 2012 - 27,600 passengers

Shopping • Liverpool ONE - 26 million visitors per annum



ACC visitors top half million in 2010/2011


A global City Liverpool is a global city with strong international relationships and connections. It is spearheading trade and commercial relationships with China and was the only UK city to be represented at the Shanghai World Expo 2010. Liverpool John Lennon Airport is one of the Europe’s fastest growing airports. It connects to more than 650 worldwide destinations through its KLM service to Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport. It is also a hub for European travel with direct flights to European capitals including Paris, Madrid and Berlin. The Port of Liverpool is the largest Freeport Zone in the UK, and the top UK port for trade with North America. Planned investment in the port will further expand capacity making Liverpool a major European gateway for PostPanamax vessels from China and Asia. As a city that has traded globally for over 200 years, Liverpool’s maritime, wealth management, digital technology and media sectors continue to thrive and prosper in international markets. Liverpool is the UK’s second city for wealth management and a leading European centre for pharmaceuticals and bio-sciences with worldclass research institutions and leading international companies Novartis and Eli Lilly, Unilever and Bristol Myers Squibb based in the city region. Liverpool’s reputation for advanced manufacturing and the automotive industry is sustained by leading worldrenowned brands like Jaguar Land Rover. Leading models like the Freelander and the trail-blazing Range Rover Evoque are manufactured here, reflecting the high levels of skills, productivity and cost advantages offered in Liverpool.

River festival brought in large visitor spend The return of Liverpool’s River Festival has been hailed a massive success after attracting almost three times as many people as organisers thought, according to Liverpool City Council. Around 140,000 people converged on the waterfront for the various festivities, bringing £10m into the city’s economy over the week, it claims. The number of visits smashed the predictions of organisers who originally estimated around 50,000 people would spend time at the Pier Head, enjoying the free activities on offer from 8-15 September. Highlights such as the visit by liners Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary 2 attracted tens of thousands of people. A fleet of Tall Ships, the free Beverley Knight concert, the exciting finale of the P1 Powerboats Superstock Championships, food and drink

markets and an air display by the Yakovlevs Display Team also proved to be extremely popular, it says. The council’s culture and tourism person, Councillor Wendy Simon, said: “The popularity of the River Festival has exceeded our expectations and I’m delighted so many people showed their support for the return of this event by turning up in their thousands.” July’s Reflection on the Waterfront which saw the Macula spectacular transform the Liver Building and the new Museum of Liverpool, attracted 60,000 over just three nights. The figures dwarf last year’s On The Waterfront series of events and this year’s events were funded by Liverpool City Council. 2011 is the fist time the city has hosted an official River Festival event since scrapping it 2005.

ACC Liverpool is an awardwinning building located on the world-famous Liverpool waterfront. It sits alongside the Grade I listed Albert Dock complex and World Heritage Site on the eastern bank of the river Mersey, in the heart of Liverpool city centre. The state-of-the-art 10,600 seater Echo Arena Liverpool is the perfect venue for music, comedy, family entertainment and sport, and the BT Convention Centre is host to a variety of exciting exhibitions, conferences and events. In just its third year of business, the venue has transformed Liverpool’s position as a conference destination of choice. for more information visit

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Icons of Liverpool in world’s top list Two Liverpool landmarks were chosen as the world’s favourite and most inspirational sights. The River Mersey Ferry and the Cavern Club have been named in the list of the world’s 1,000 ultimate sights, published in the Lonely Planet’s World’s. The iconic Mersey Ferry is featured in the top 10 most spectacular river sights, alongside others including the

Shotover River by speedboat in Queenstown, New Zealand and the River Amazon’s raft race. The ferry first made waves in the 60s when Gerry and the Pacemakers’ song Ferry Cross the Mersey reached number eight in the UK chart. The Cavern Club, best known for hosting gigs by the Beatles, features in the top 10 “best celebrity sights” category. WWW.MANNISLANDCOMMERCIAL.CO.UK


Liverpool voted UK’s ‘friendliest city’ by readers of Condé Nast Traveller Rathbones takes more space at Port of Liverpool Building Wealth manager Rathbone Brothers has taken more space at the Port of Liverpool Building. The FTSE 250 firm already occupies 55,000 sqft and has added 10,299 sqft under a new long-term lease. It is now its largest base in the country, housing 380 staff. Rathbones has expanded into three suites on the third floor and taken on the building’s boardroom on the second floor, pictured, which will still be available to other occupiers. Last year Downing completed a £15m restoration and refurbishment project at the waterfront building, which is one of Liverpool’s ‘Three Graces’. Paul Chavasse, director at Rathbones, said: “The Port of Liverpool Building is already our largest office but this extension of our lease gives us the impressive historic boardroom as well as improved security and connectivity with our own private lift lobby on the third floor. “We were keen to stay in the building as it has unrivalled character and is in a fantastic location for us, and we’re pleased that Downing was so flexible in regearing our lease.” for more information visit

Readers of leading leisure magazine Condé Nast Traveller have voted Liverpool as the UK’s Friendliest City for a second successive year. The accolade was awarded at the Condé Nast Traveller 14th Annual Readers’ Travel Awards, which took place at the Royal Institution of Great Britain in London last August. Sarah Miller, Editor of Condé Nast Traveller, commented: “Readers just love Liverpool. They think it’s the friendliest city with very hospitable people and also great value for money.” TMP Chief Executive Lorraine

Rogers commented: “This is a fantastic acknowledgement for Liverpool. Anecdotally Liverpool is often known for its friendly welcome and the warmth of its people – but for this to be officially recognised by readers of one of the leading and most discerning travel magazines for the second year running is a major accolade. “We have a great range of world class venues, attractions and hotels which appeal to leisure and business visitors and this asset combined with the warmth of the people and the welcome we give visitors which encourages them to spread the word about what

a great time they’ve had. The people of Liverpool are one of our important assets and this award is a very special endorsement.”

Record visitor figures for City Region for first 7 months of 2011 TMP, the Tourist Board for Liverpool City Region, has announced a strong and encouraging increase in the number of visitors to Liverpool City Region for the first half of the year. July 2011 was a record month with 222,000 hotel rooms sold across the City Region –12,000 more than the previous highest recorded month of October 2010. This massive jump is being attributed to a number of factors including recent new hotel openings for Hotel Indigo Liverpool and Travelodge in New Brighton; an exciting events programme featuring the opening of the new Museum of Liverpool and Tate Liverpool exhibition, René Magritte: The Pleasure Principle plus investment by TMP in a national advertising campaign to promote the destination From January to July 2011, 71,000 more hotel rooms were sold across Liverpool City Region compared to the same period in 2010 – and 205,000 more than in 2009. Hotel occupancy for the month of July was 77.2% - the best

recorded figure for the month since 2008; Average weekend occupancy from January to July was 84.5% compared to 82.4% for the same period last year. 183,250 more passengers through Liverpool John Lennon Airport between January and July 2011 than for the same period in 2010; 200,000 higher footfall through Liverpool ONE between January and June 2011 than the same period in 2010; 37,000 more visits to attractions in January to July than in same period 2010. 250,000 visits to the new Museum of Liverpool in the first four weeks of opening – its overall projected target for the first year was 750,000. TMP Chief Executive Lorraine Rogers commented: “These figures are encouraging news for the Visitor Economy, especially during this challenging economic climate – and are a very strong indication that we are not only maintaining our momentum but moving in the right direction and becoming one of the top

international destinations to visit. It’s a challenging time for businesses in terms of margins and yields but the underlying trend shows that the destination’s appeal is growing at an impressive rate’. Earlier this year TMP launched a host of marketing initiatives costing £350k to boost the number of short break visitors to Liverpool City Region over the summer and autumn. The initiatives include a national advertising campaign on London Underground and in the national media, an online campaign, an events guide and visitor publications plus some specific initiatives to attract midweek visitors. Liverpool City Region’s Visitor Economy currently generates visitor spend of £2.8 billion and is estimated to support approximately 41,000 jobs.

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The Liverpool City Region’s cultural and tourism offer is the strongest outside of London The Visitor Economy is now of such importance to the local economy that it has been selected by political leaders and business leaders as one of the four transformational sectors in the Liverpool City Region that has the potential to make a step change and help transform the economy over the next decade. This strategy is the bedrock of an action plan that will be developed in close consultation with key local and regional partners as well as the Department of Culture, Media and Sport. An action plan that will harness the opportunities presented by the unique offering of culture, music, heritage and sport to enable the Visitor Economy to grow. This is a sector like no other; one that provides real employment opportunities for the people of the City Region in hotels, shops, restaurants, conference venues, visitor attractions, cultural institutions, transport and tours and creative industries.

It is a key driver for broader regeneration. Liverpool’s phenomenal success as European Capital of Culture 2008 was the culmination of a decade-long programme of investment in Liverpool city centre, coupled with the impressive growth of Liverpool John Lennon Airport. A decade which saw huge improvements in the public realm, the brand new shopping and leisure district – Liverpool ONE , the building of a major Arena and Convention Centre, as well as the stunning programme of events during 08 itself. It was a decade in which the tourism sector developed to become a major source of wealth and jobs. And of course all of this helps to improve the quality of life for the one and half million people who live and work here. It encourages increased inward investment, sustains our communities, our local facilities and attractions, and makes us proud to live in one of the most vibrant and culturally

alive regions in the UK. Over the past few years there has been a huge improvement in the quality of our destination offering - but there’s still potential for further development. The vision for the City Region’s Visitor Economy in 2020 is the result of extensive consultation with all those with an interest in the sector and this summary document offers a brief overview of just what we’re looking to achieve over the next decade.

Download the full Visitor Economy Summary Strategy here

The City has topped a poll by visitors using TripAdvisor - the world’s largest travel website who use the site to review the destination following their visit. As well as bars and nightclubs, the criteria also taken into account are the City’s wider nighttime economy including restaurants, live music venues, comedy clubs and theatres. TripAdvisor’s Best Nightlife Destinations is based on the average ratings TripAdvisor

users gave each UK destination in the nightlife category when submitting a review during 2011. Liverpool topped the poll, with Manchester taking second place and London rated third. Liverpool’s musical heritage is legendary worldwide, and this is evident in the venues attracting nighttime visitors. Specific venues singled out for praise include The Cavern Club and Royal Court Theatre. Albert Dock, Liverpool Cathedral and

the Walker Art Gallery have also been highlighted as key daytime attractions to visit. Lorraine Rogers, Chief Executive of The Mersey Partnership, Tourist Board for Liverpool City Region, commented: “Liverpool’s nightlife is second to none and a major attraction for visitors to the destination. We’re delighted that the City has been voted as having the best nightlife in Britain by visitor feedback TripAdvisor.

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