Windsor benefits from royal wedding fever

Published: Wednesday, 16th May 2018

Windsor town centre has seen an almost 40 percent boost in visitor numbers thanks to royal wedding fever.

Last week more than 200,000 people passed through the town giving residents and local businesses a chance to show the world what Windsor has to offer.

On Saturday 19 May Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle will marry in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle and interest in the town has gone global since their wedding venue was announced last November.

Cllr Jack Rankin, cabinet member for economic development, property and communications, said: “We can’t wait to welcome the world to Windsor on Saturday for the royal wedding but it’s great to see interest in the town is already going through the roof.

“As a resident and councillor, I of course think Windsor and the wider borough is a fantastic place to live, work and visit and having an opportunity like this to show what we have to offer on a global scale is wonderful.

“I hope this added attention will inspire more people to plan a visit to Windsor beyond the royal wedding and enjoy the world-class heritage, sport, attractions, shopping, food and countryside on our doorstep, all of which make the borough ideal for a weekend getaway.

“We know town centres up and down the country are facing challenges and we do a lot of work to help keep the borough’s businesses thriving and we hope the added boost of global media attention will support that further.”

According to the council’s weekly footfall reports a total of 201,826 people passed through Windsor town centre in the week beginning Monday 7 May, a 36.9 percent increase on the same week last year when 147,433 people were in town.

The figures also reveal Monday 7 May was the busiest day in town last week with 30,954 visitors and the busiest time on the day was at 11am.

Further details of visitor numbers for the week of the royal wedding will be made available next week.

For more information on how to plan a visit to Windsor see our Visit Windsor website.

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