The Red Dragon Center, Cardiff Bay’s leading entertainment destination, recorded its busiest month since February 2020 with attendance approaching 2019 levels for the first time in eighteen months.
A month after the start of the zero alert level in Wales, there has also been a steady week-to-week increase with attendance up 55% in August compared to August 2020. This is particularly encouraging given that the government’s Eat Out to Help Out program has seen many businesses benefit from pre-pandemic trade levels.
It was not only the restaurants in the Center that saw a return of visitors, the bowling alley and the casino also enjoyed welcoming their customers again following the easing of restrictions, while the cinema had a summer. loaded thanks to blockbusters like Space Jam, Jungle Cruise and Paw Patrol. The Center also recently hosted DAM Health, a Covid-19 testing clinic that offers rapid tests with Fit to Fly and Fit To work results within 24 hours.
Clare Jenkins, Managing Director of the Red Dragon Center, said: “The numbers are certainly pointing in the right direction, but we still feel the caution of our visitors. Our staff and tenants have all been amazing over the past year and a half, following the guidelines to the letter and doing everything possible to ensure the Center complies with government guidelines.
“Even though the restrictions have eased, we are continuing our Covid deep cleaning activities and have security personnel available in the mall to help ensure our customers feel safe and reassured.
“The majority of our tenants are back in business for the first time since the start of the pandemic and it has been wonderful to see them working tirelessly to bring the fun back safely; the atmosphere is filled with excitement and optimism.
“We have a lot of exciting plans for the coming months, if Covid allows it, including the release of some long overdue blockbusters, like Bond, and the return of Dr. Bob and his balloons. Hopefully we will see the number of visitors continue to increase as consumer confidence increases. “