A record-breaking five and a half million people visited the Christmas markets in Birmingham last year.
Almost £400,000,000 was spent in the city over the festive period.
These record-breaking visitor numbers demonstrate the quality and wide appeal of Birmingham's Christmas Markets. Our extensive festive programme has drawn visitors from across the UK and Europe, all of whom have enjoyed the city's retail and events offer, as well as the famous Birmingham welcome.
The positive figures form an excellent base for 2015, which is set to be one of Birmingham's most exciting periods in over a decade.
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After last week's English Defence League protest, Dudley Council decided to open up the town centre today for an extra day of business.
A special fun day was held to encourage shoppers back to the centre by offering free parking and letting market stall holders trade free of charge.
Phil Brewster reports.
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Dudley Councillor Judy Foster told ITV News Central, that today's Fun Day was about enabling businesses who were forced to close during the EDL protest, to make up for their losses.
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Dudley Council is holding a 'Fun Sunday' event to boost trade to businesses who lost customers last weekend, due to the EDL march in the town centre.
As part of its 'Love Your Community' campaign, Dudley Council is encouraging businesses to open today to make up for the disruption.
To celebrate the day, which coincides with half-term, the Council is putting on free children's entertainment, removing car parking charges and offering the market stalls free of charge.
The day will run from 11.00 am until 3.00 pm.
It’s a real kick in the teeth when people from outside come here and disrupt local businesses.
We want to do what we can to help traders re-coup their losses.
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