Tour guides from Liverpool, Manchester, Chester and Lancashire gathered at the racecourse for a packed day of events around the annual North West Tourist Guides Association AGM.

Cllr Stuart Parker opened the day by outlining the many exciting developments that are taking place in Chester, including the new cinema, business district and bus station, all indicating an ongoing commitment to invest in the city making it ever more attractive to visitors.

Cllr Parker acknowledged the need to increase visitor numbers to the city in order to contribute to the overall wellbeing of the local economy for everyone and appreciated the part guides play in ensuring a warm welcome and excellent experience during their time in Chester.

Lunch was hosted by Restaurant 1539 where the refurbishments and new menus were showcased.

Chris Clayton then led a tour of the racecourse and the state-of-the-art stables.

Liz Roberts, chair of the Guild of Chester Tour Guides, said: “It was wonderful to be able to show our guiding colleagues aspects of Chester they had not yet experienced.

“Each of the four North West areas takes a turn in hosting the AGM so it is always a challenge to ensure we impress our colleagues with something new and exciting.

“Now is a great time to showcase Chester – as well as our much-loved history and unique features, the substantial investments being made show that the city is serious in its aim to become one of the most-visited tourist cities in the country. We were very proud to host the AGM for our regional colleagues.”