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Manchester United in city spend

The financial benefits of Swansea City playing in the Premier League against teams such as Manchester United go far beyond the football club according to walesonline.

The most obvious beneficiaries are the managers of hotels, bed and breakfasts and bars, who say visiting fans have been staying in their droves for nights before and after games at the Liberty Stadium.

Ian Harding-Jones, general manager of the Mercure hotel, added “We average about 15 away fans per Premier League fixture in Swansea and most have been staying for two nights.

“Many have said they didn’t realise how much Swansea has to offer and one visitor even said Swansea reminds him of Sydney because of how close the city is to the coast and our beautiful beaches.”

The most successful weekend of the year so far saw traders reaping the rewards of Manchester United’s visit to the city.

Alan Wallace, Quadrant Shopping Centre manager, said: “It was very busy in the shopping centre and elsewhere in the city centre.

“There were a lot of Manchester accents.

“The early evening kick-off would have given them plenty of time to take a look around the city centre before the big game and that was great news for local businesses.”

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