York ahead of Budapest and Barcelona for hen party bookings

YORK is set to host more bachelor and bachelorette parties than ever before in 2023, according to a company.

According to Last night of freedomwhich helps arrange stag and hen parties, York is spearheading a surge in bookings across Yorkshire, with early indications suggesting the city will host twice as many stag and hen parties girl and boy than Budapest this year.

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The company says bookings have already doubled in 2022 and this year is likely to be even busier, although it won’t reveal the exact number of bookings at York due to commercial sensitivity.

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“Krakow, Budapest and Barcelona are still immensely popular with stags and hens – yet in 2023 York is expected to take around twice as many bookings as all of them,” said Matt Mavir, who founded the company in 1999. .

York Press: Last Night of Freedom Managing Director Matt MavirMatt Mavir, General Manager of Last Night of Freedom (Image: Last Night of Freedom)

Since then, the Tyneside company has organized more than 45,000 trips around the world. He said that during this period York had seen an “astronomical” increase in popularity, linked in large part to the city’s boutique bars and Instagrammable streets.

However, Matt believes York will only become more popular with bands who he believes bring in between £5m and £10m each year for the city.

“Our early booking figures for 2023 show that not only will York remain incredibly popular with stags and hens, it will be the busiest summer yet,” he added.

“Stags and hens are not everyone’s cup of tea, but the vast majority are well behaved and cause no problems.

“The groups we send to York tend to be respectable professionals – teachers, nurses and often parents – who don’t see a weekend as a chance to get on a rampage.

“They just want a scenic spot to enjoy a few cocktails with their best friends, not tie themselves to streetlights.”

York Central MP Rachael Maskell accused the company of ‘wanting to cash in on the misery’ of people living in the city and said if Mr Mavir lived anywhere near York he would clearly hear the concerns of residents across the city with the prevalence of groups drinking in the city, including those here for stag and hen weekends.

In August, Ms Maskell said: ‘With the surge in ‘airbnb’ vacation rentals across the city, residents are reporting how downtown drunken behavior is then being brought into their neighborhoods.

“It also has an impact on business because people are no longer going to York, and parents are constantly telling me they won’t expose their children to such scenes while visitors tell me they won’t be back until that something will not be done.

“The nightlife economy is spiraling out of control, with York tipped as Britain’s bachelorette party capital.

“We need to put an end to this, put the needs of residents first and give our city back to the people of York.”

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