“Having a night on us”

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This is the new campaign being promoted by Manchester to encourage you to visit – and importantly – to stay in the city.

Hollingworth Lake in Greater Manchester. How many readers knew that Manchester had such oases of calm? Image – Marketing Manchester

The new promotion says that if you book two nights, you’ll get a third night free.  The idea is to give visitors more time to explore many of the region’s new and updated attractions and experiences With the support of many hotels not just in Manchester itself but Greater Manchester as a whole, the purpose is to boost the city-region’s tourism, hospitality, leisure and culture sectors, which have been heavily impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

But then what city, town or even village has not been affected? Manchester follows London in being out of the gate before the others to order to try and get early bookings before other cities devise their promotions.

Co-ordinated by Marketing Manchester, (the tourism arm of the area) hotels signed up to the promotion include The Edwardian Manchester, Kimpton Clock Tower, The Lowry Hotel, Hotel Brooklyn, Stock Exchange Hotel, The Ainscow Hotel, Holiday Inn Manchester City Centre, and both of Manchester’s Roomzzz properties.

But this isn’t just a brief campaign. Marketing Manchester says that additional hotels will be joining the campaign over the coming weeks and months so this promotion will run for some time.

Previous visitors to Manchester might have been aware of the galleries and museums in the centre but part of this campaign is to get you to visit the suburbs of the city, the neighbouring cities, towns and villages as well as the sports arenas, shopping areas.

If you don’t want to take a car, public transport including buses, trains and trams is quick and convenient. Rarely have I had to wait very long to catch a tram or a bus.

In all Greater Manchester covers just under 500 square miles and includes not just cities but abuts rural areas like the Pennines, Saddleworth Moor and the Peak District. There is a large waterpark in Sale and over twenty sites of special scientific interests to appeal to those whom prefer to explore the natural attractions rather than the man-made ones.

Those looking for man-made attractions will find over 280 Grade 1 and Grade II* buildings including Bramall Hall which dates back to the fourteenth century although Bramall goes back to Anglo-Saxon times.

And with RHS Garden Bridgewater just opening as we reported last week, there is another reason for people to visit who thought they had “done” Manchester before.

As more and more British destinations entice us to travel, this offer from Manchester would make a very different short break this summer from a beach or rural holiday but one where there is so much to see and o that you’ll have to compile lists to cram in as much as possible. Or book to go back again and use the Having a night on us offer twice.

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