Following a hugely successful year of tourism in 2015, Lincoln is gearing up to open more hotel rooms and approve new plans for expansion in the region.
Tourism bosses say last year’s Magna Carta 800 celebrations and the new-look castle have helped to put Lincoln on the radar of visitors and helped to boost tourism.
Now a handful of big hotels have revealed their plans to develop and capitalise on the increase in popularity.
The Holiday Inn on Lincoln’s Brayford waterfront is proposing a new five-storey extension, while the Doubletree by Hilton is expanding and there are plans in place for a new Premier Inn.
Emma Tatlow, head of Visit Lincoln, said: “2015 provided a platform for a step-change in the city and we have already seen a fantastic start to 2016, giving new businesses even more reason to invest in Lincoln.
“The Visitor Economy sector across Central Lincolnshire is worth nearly £400m to the local economy.
“The 800th anniversary of Magna Carta and the investment in Lincoln Castle have helped further raise the profile of the region as a leisure destination; and continued investment in the accommodation offer shows there is confidence in the region – and that there is scope to further grow the sector.”
There are currently about 1,000 hotel rooms across the city and this time last year hoteliers in Lincoln were reporting high bookings.