Heritage tourism is big business and the number of visitors to Liverpool has increased since it was made a World Heritage Site in 2004.
Between 2005 and 2010, the number of day visitors rose from 44,193 to 50,088. These figures suggest that World Heritage Site status has stimulated tourism and benefited the local economy
UNESCO has threatened to deprive Liverpool of its World Heritage Site status if the controversial Liverpool Waters development goes ahead.
The city council has called UNESCO’s bluff and approved the scheme.
Liverpool’s mayor, Joe Anderson, is reported as saying people visit the city because of its iconic pop history, its sporting heritage and its buildings, not because it is a World Heritage Site.
A lot of people whose livelihoods depend on Merseyside’s tourist industry hope he’s right.