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More Than 1m People Expected To Attend Belfast Christmas Market

Published on Nov 3 2021 9:11 AM in General Industry tagged: Trending Posts / Belfast Christmas market / Positive Life

More Than 1m People Expected To Attend Belfast Christmas Market

More than one million people are expected to attend this year's Christmas market at Belfast City Hall as it returns for first time since 2019 after being cancelled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As reported by The Belfast Telegraph, the market is due to open at 12 noon on Saturday, November 20, and end at 6pm on December 23, and attendees will be asked to supply evidence of vaccination against COVID-19, or take a lateral flow test, before being granted access during the weekends when it is expected to be busy.

Additionally, footfall will reportedly be closely monitored and, when nearing capacity, a queuing system will reportedly be put in place, and there will reportedly be a number of hand sanitising stations throughout the market and visitors will reportedly be encouraged to wear masks and make payments using cards instead of cash where possible.

Work is reportedly due to commence on the structure of the chalet structures on November 7 for two weeks to create a Christmas Village, and the market will reportedly be supporting two of the Lord Mayor's charities this year, one of which is reportedly Positive Life, which supports individuals who are living with and affected by HIV.

Lord Mayor Of Belfast Statement

Lord Mayor of Belfast Councillor Kate Nicholl reportedly said, "The arrival of the Christmas Market at City Hall is always eagerly anticipated and especially this year, given last season's absence.

"Having the market in the heart of the city provides an invaluable boost to the city’s retail and tourism offering, and I have no doubt it will be hugely popular with visitors as always.

"I'm also really pleased that once again the market will be raising awareness of local charities and their services, as well as hopefully raising some much-needed funds to support their vital work."

Lost Money In 2020 Estimate And 2019 Statistics

It was reportedly estimated that Belfast missed out on over £44 million in December of 2020 due to the market’s cancellation.

The figure was reportedly based on 1.3 million visits by people spending an average of £34 each, totalling £44.2 million.

1,261,666 visitors reportedly attended the market in 2019 and the overall gross economic impact of the 2019 market was reportedly £75.7 million.

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