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Birmingham is the fastest-growing UK city for lovers looking for a Valentine's getaway, climbing six places in the Expedia.co.uk Top 20 since last year.
The boost in visitor figures puts the city at number 11 - above Marrakech, Prague and even Venice.
- London (same)
- Paris (same)
- Amsterdam (up one)
- New York (down one)
- Edinburgh (same)
- Dublin (up seven)
- Rome (down one)
- Barcelona (same)
- Manchester (down two)
- Berlin (same)
- Birmingham (up six)
- Dubai (down three)
- Las Vegas (down one)
- Venice (up five)
- Marrakech (new)
- Cardiff (new)
- Prague (up one)
- Istanbul (up two)
- Liverpool (down five)
- Glasgow (new)
As new figures reveal Birmingham to be growing in popularity for a Valentine's getaway, here are some suggestions for how to spend a romantic weekend:
- The Jewellery Quarter is full of quirky restaurants and bars - not to mention beautiful buildings and the wealth of glittering diamonds on sale.
- They say chocolate is an aphrodisiac, so where better to head than Cadbury World?
- If music be the food of love, London Concert Orchestra will perform Love Classics at the Symphony Hall.
- Romantic classic Casablanca is showing at the mac cinema tonight and tomorrow.
- Birmingham boasts a full range of everything from posh nosh to slap-up grub - so whether you fancy stellar views over the city at the Marco Pierre White restaurant at The Cube or one of Birmingham's signature baltis, you won't be short of choice.
Birmingham's a "romantic recipe" of architecture, music, jewellery and scenery has helped make it the UK's fastest-growing romantic destination this Valentine's, city tourism bosses have said.
Emma Gray, marketing director at Visit Birmingham, said the network of canals and top-notch restaurants helped create a romantic atmosphere.
More and more couples are choosing to be charmed in Birmingham thanks to the city's romantic recipe of stunning architecture, world-class music and art and its famous Jewellery Quarter, offering priceless, bespoke presents for that special someone.
Visitors can soak up the sights while taking a starry-eyed stroll beside our city centre canals and enjoy the great collection of restaurants and bars to stop off at along the way.
Birmingham is the ideal place to spend your Valentine's weekend.
Planning a romantic weekend? Well, look no further than the Midlands - as Birmingham is the UK's fastest-growing Valentine's destination, according to new figures released today.
According to Expedia.co.uk, Britain's Second City has moved up six places in the travel company's Top 20 Valentine's destination for Brits - the highest rise of anywhere in the country.
It follows previous research which found the Midland city was also the fastest-growing Christmas and New Year's destination, with bookings to the city soaring by 118 per cent over the festive period.
The Dog's Trust in Shrewsbury are hoping to find a new home for desperate pup this Valentine's Day.
Five-year-old Murray, a Boxer, has been at the centre for over a year and it is time he finds a loving home.
Louise Campbell, the Rehoming Centre Manager said:
"Murray is very loyal, and as he loves humans so much he isn’t too keen on being left alone. He has such a huge heart; he would make the perfect companion this Valentine's Day."
As part of a series of special reports marking ITV's 'From The Heart' campaign, we're raises awareness of organ donations here in the Midlands.
We've met with a woman who agreed to donate her husband's organs after he died suddenly. But there's more heartache for the family as their teenage daughter now needs a liver transplant.