TOURISM bosses in York are celebrating the success of its information centre, which has welcomed 900,000 visitors through the doors since it opened two years ago.
As well as welcoming people from all across the UK, staff have noticed an increase in visitors from China, Eastern European countries, Spain, Italy and France, with Visit York enlisting its first Mandarin speaking volunteer to help offer a personal service for York's Chinese visitors.
Volunteer Susan Lee said: "Visitors from China and Hong Kong are always surprised when they arrive in the visitor centre and I can speak fluently with them. They always ask me more questions and show me their Chinese travel guides. Being able to chat in Mandarin helps them feel at home."