2022-11-25 07:04:55

Eurovision: Contest is a lifeline for Liverpool hospitality, firms say

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By Katie Walderman & Lynette Horsburgh

BBC News

Staging Eurovision could be a saviour for Liverpool's struggling hospitality sector, businesses have said.

Thousands of visitors are expected in the city when it hosts the 2023 song contest in May after 2022 winner Ukraine was unable to host it due to the war.

Businesses in Liverpool told BBC North West Tonight they were preparing to throw the best party ever on behalf of Ukraine.

'Ukrainian and Scouse fusion'

Paul Askew, chef patron of the Art School restaurant and co-chair of Liverpool Hospitality Association, said many businesses were in a precarious position due to rising costs.

The event brought hope to businesses which had considered closing, he added.

Mr Askew said: When we got the news about Eurovision it was just euphoria - the city was bouncing.

It was like Liverpool was made to do this.

It has always been that sort of hospitable, music-obsessed, edgy, arty place.

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