Wellers next roundtable lunch discussion for the hospitality trade takes place on Monday 14 May 2018 at Rhodes House. Tourism in Oxford and the impact of the Westgate shopping centre for the sector will be the theme of the event. The £440m Westgate development has been in the news of late with 9m people said to have visited it since the launch at the end of October 2017.
As reported by the BBC, consultancy firm Caprese actually described the figures as disappointing while also sighting several units that remain unfilled. The City Council however, have attributed the shopping centre as the reason why around 1.2m extra people have visited Oxford in 2018. Given the potential extra people likely to arrive in the peak Summer tourist months, how can independent hospitality operators best make use of this potential footfall coming to the city and county?