Ipswich hotels almost full for Ed Sheeran

POSTED ON: 04/02/2019

The majority of hotels within Ipswich are already fully booked for the weekend 23-26th August when Ed Sheeran plays Chantry Park, suggesting businesses in the town could be in for a busy time.

Sales Manager of Pentahotel, Stephanie Young,  said “ we were fully booked as soon as the dates were announced, before people even had tickets! We are going to be running a series of discounts on cocktails and meals for guests on production of their tickets”.

Other hotels in the town, such as easyHotel on Northgate Street and the Quayside Premier Inn are also full with only a few rooms available at the Novotel.

The additional visitors to the town centre has been welcomed by the Greater Ipswich Destination Management Group Chair, Dave Muller, who said “This is clearly a major event for the Town but demonstrates that there is both a demand and interest in expanding the range of events available and in doing so to drive up the number of visitors through further attractions. This is key to the long term prosperity of Greater Ipswich”.

Ipswich Borough Council Deputy Leader Bryony Rudkin said: “Ed’s concerts are going to be massive, not only for his fans but also for the town and its businesses. We’ve got a huge audience from Ipswich and Suffolk and from further afield too - across the UK, Europe, even fans from Florida and the Caribbean.”

With a rise in the number of 2018 visitors to Ipswich wet dock and waterfront reported by Associated British Ports (ABP) and half of Suffolk’s tourism businesses reporting an increase in visitor numbers year on year (according to Destination Research), Ipswich is clearly creating a strong profile and is able to support a range of leisure and business visitors.


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