With Birmingham the fastest growing visitor destination according to one travel agent, we look at what might be drawing people to the city.
Market traders have been putting their finishing touches to their stalls ahead of the opening of Birmingham's German Christmas market.
The Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas Market returns tomorrow, so we decided to take a look at what's on offer this year.
A pregnant mother from Leicester has told ITV News Central she cried when she realised her outdoor Christmas decorations had been stolen by thieves.
They were taken from outside her home in Balisfire Grove in Beaumont Leys between 7.30am and 9am on 28th November.
Kayleigh Driver and her partner Daniel, who are expecting a baby boy in February, decided to put their decorations up early for their two-year-old daughter Maisie. They have replaced the lights with a note to those responsible thanking them for "ruining" Maisie's Christmas.
Leicestershire Police say anyone with information should contact them.
A mother and father who had Christmas lights stolen from outside their home in Leicester have left a message for the thieves who took them.
Kayleigh Driver and her partner Daniel were so upset for their two-year-old daughter, that they decided to replace the lights with a message for those responsible.
The family say they have received offers from local people who want to help them to replace the lights before Christmas.
Police are investigating a theft at the property on Balisfire Grove in Beaumont Leys and ask anyone with information to contact them on 101.
A family from Leicester have been left upset after thieves stole their brand new christmas lights from the front of their house.
Pregnant mother, Kayleigh Driver and her partner Daniel have spent around £150 on lights for their house which were taken days after they were put up at their home in Balisfire Grove in Beaumont Leys.
Leicestershire Police say they are investigating a theft from the garden of the house on the morning of 28th November. If anyone has any information they should contact them on 101.
Expedia’s Greatest Growth Destinations
- 1. Birmingham, England, 118%
- 2. Sydney, NSW, Australia, 93%
- 3. Canary Islands, Spain, 91%
- 4. Phuket, Thailand, 87%
- 5. Dublin, Ireland, 84%
- 6. Glasgow, Scotland, 82%
- 7. Amsterdam, Netherlands, 75%
- 8. Brussels, Belgium, 75%
- 9. Manchester, England, 67%
- 10. Bruges, 59%
– Andy Washington, managing director of Expedia.co.uk
The Christmas and New Year period is always an extremely popular time for travel and this year will certainly be no exception with people making the most of their extended break.
It appears that Birmingham’s German market and great shopping options in the city are quickly becoming central attractions in the annual Christmas calendar.
An online travel agent has revealed Birmingham is the fastest growing Christmas and New Year's Eve destination for 2013-14.
The figures from Expedia.co.uk follow recent statistics from the UK’s hotel booking service LateRooms.com, which showed a 24% increase in bookings to Birmingham’s hotels over the past four months.
The figures come on the back of the city being promoted by international publications including New York Magazine and China Daily.
Birmingham is the fastest growing Christmas and New Year's Eve destination for 2013-14, according to new figures released by Expedia.co.uk.
The online travel agent has seen bookings to the city increase by 118% for the festive period.
West Midlands Police have posted an interview with the mother of a drink drive victim as they begin their campaign offering £200 to anyone who reports a drink driver over the Christmas period.
As West Midlands Police and the Central Motorway Police Group launch a new drink drive campaign, rewarding people £200 for reporting drink drivers, officers are urging people to think before they - or members of their group - consume alcohol.
– Inspector Greg Jennings, West Midlands Police
Every year it is the same story - people seem to think that it is acceptable to have a few with their family or friends and then get behind the wheel.
In some cases they would not dream of drink driving, or taking drugs, at other times of the year but they lose their common sense as Christmas draws near.
So now, via the charity Crimestoppers, we are asking anyone who is aware of people breaking the law to pick up the phone and report selfish individuals who think it’s okay to drink or take drugs and drive.