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The Humber was centre stage in 2017 as Hull hosted the UK’s City of Culture – a title which has brought a new sense of confidence and resurgence to the region and acted as a natural catalyst for investment.

The Humber was centre stage in 2017 as Hull hosted the UK’s City of Culture – a title which has brought a new sense of confidence and resurgence to the region and acted as a natural catalyst for investment.

The legacy of ‘City of Culture’ lives on with ongoing investment in hotels, conference venues, and public realm and leisure facilities across the region. International brand Hilton has developed three sites within the region a £7m Hampton by Hilton development at Humberside Airport and the £25m DoubleTree by Hilton in Hull city centre and has recently acquired a third hotel and golf resort within the region DoubleTree by Hilton Forest Pines Spa and Golf Resort.

Hull continues to boom with £110m of investment into its hotels and venues. Hulls newest venue the £36m state-of-the-art music, arts and conference venue Bonus Arena, has already secured a full calendar of events. The £80m regeneration of Hull’s Fruit Market due to be completed in 2019, will see 109 new homes built in Hull’s marina next to a hub of independent shops, galleries, cafes and restaurants. The redevelopment will become Hull’s cultural quarter and is a joint venture between local developers Wykeland and Beal Homes.

Over the next ten years, Grimsby will see a resurgence of activity across the town with investments worth over £60m as part of the Greater Grimsby Town Deal. This includes the redevelopment of its Riverhead which will see a nine-screen cinema and seven new restaurants and bars coming to the town. An additional £7.2m is being spent Cleethorpes developing the town centres public realm, a new kiosk and entertainment venue along with a new programme of events.

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