In what was heralded as a “game changer”, Blackpool’s tourist economy will be given a boost thanks to a new £300m project which promises to provide a shot in the arm for the Golden Mile suggests Edward Lowton.
Blackpool hasn’t always attracted the best press over the years, even Coinslot – yes Coinslot my friends – inadvertently and with an accidental slip on the keyboard mispelt it as “Bleakpool” earlier in the year.
Yet this could be set to change with the announcement of the 17-acre Blackpool Central development by Manchester-headquartered development firm Nikal and Austria-based Media Invest Entertainment.
At the heart of the new“world class”tourist attraction will be an indoor adventure park based, rather bizarrely, on Erich von Däniken’s 1968 bestseller Chariots of the Gods.
The book posits that extraterrestrial beings influenced the development of ancient technology; so, thematically it’s a natural fit for Blackpool’s vision which aims to turn traditional entertainment into an out of this world experience.
The project will provide another anchor attraction helping to drive visitation elsewhere on the Golden Mile. In light of this, and crucially if it comes to fruition, it can only be a good thing for the town’s tourist economy.
Be warned: Bleakpool is no more.