Chief Executive James Berresford said, “It is fantastic that Hull has been chosen as the UK City of Culture 2017. Hull is rich in maritime heritage. Its world-class Aquarium, The Deep, won a gold award for accessibility in the 2011 VisitEngland Awards for Excellence, and the city is the gateway to Yorkshire and the North East for many European visitors.
"This cultural badge of honour is a tremendous opportunity for Hull to thrive as a tourist destination and attract important inward investment, and VisitEngland looks forward to helping with this. I wish Hull all the best in maximising the potential of the city’s cultural heritage and look forward to the many celebrations and events to come as a result.”