By Carolyn Mearns and Phil Turnbull
Edinburgh’s Hogmanay celebrations are set to go out with a bang this year despite the country’s prolonged economic downturn.
With most of the city’s accommodation fully booked over the New Year period, tickets for the Princes Street celebrations are set to follow suit and sell out, thanks in part to the Pound’s weak value against the Euro.
A record amount of visitors are expected to hit the capital as European tourists cash in on the devalued Pound.
Councillor Steve Cardownie, the City of Edinburgh Council’s festival and Events Champion, welcomes Auld Reekie’s festive guests.
He said: “Edinburgh’s Hogmanay is envied across the world and this year, with Madness set to perform, there will be no better place to bring in the New Year.”
Hotels and hostels city-wide have been booked up months in advance, with only the most expensive rooms still on offer.
The Edinburgh Travel Lodge on Shandwick Place is one such hotel, advertising single rooms only on their website, for £209 per night over the New Year period.
The Holiday Inn on Corstorphine Road also has rooms available for a slightly cheaper £160 per night, more than double what it would cost for the same room but at a different time of the year.
With top acts such as Madness and the Noisettes confirmed for the Concert in the Gardens, and superstar DJ Mylo
playing the West End DJ Stage, tickets have been selling well.
A spokesman for sales outlet Ripping Records said: “They (tickets) only went on sale last Saturday so we still have plenty left, but they are selling, and we fully expect them to sell out.”
Tickets for the Concert in the Gardens are priced at £45 and £40, while Street Party tickets cost £10.