Council chiefs in Leeds have revealed that the city is soon to become home to a new set of ‘exciting’ hotel brands, in a bid to make Leeds’ culture capital dream a reality.
Leeds City Council together with industry experts have estimated that at least 15 new hotels need to be built in the city, increasingly stock from 68 hotels to 83, to be able to accommodate the influx of tourists.
Council leader Judith Blake, executive board member with responsibility for culture and economy, told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “The Leeds visitor economy is thriving and we are aware that significant investment needs to continue to ensure we provide and increase the amount of high quality hotel accommodation we have in the city.
“We are working with developers and businesses nationally and internationally to ensure that we are refreshing stock and attracting new accommodation to the city in line with our future aspirations for growth.”
The news comes as owners of the new Dakota Deluxe Leeds, Dakota Hotels, has announced it is to open its doors to visitors next month.
Sir Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “Leeds 2023 will bring enormous benefits not only to the city but to the county as a whole including investment, employment opportunities, international profile and of course a huge boost to tourism. Leeds must be ready for the influx of visitors and the building of more hotels in the city can only be a good thing for Leeds 2023 and beyond.”
There are now 23 hotels in the ‘hotel development pipeline’ in Leeds, the report said.