Blackpool is enjoying a boom in footfall comparable with its Victorian hey-day: that’s according to a new report.
According to a focus in regional newspaper the Manchester Evening News, restrictions on foreign travel have combined with the cabin fever of a public which has been locked down for months, leading to a surge in holiday bookings to the iconic resort – which on busy days has seen almost ten times the average number of daily visitors.
“We had a bumper time last weekend,” reported Alan Cavil, head of regeneration on Blackpool Council. “The sun was shining and we’re expecting a similar situation this weekend with the weather.”
“All the attractions were full – although most were operating at reduced capacity,” he added.
Meanwhile, booking.com has reported that Blackpool now stands as the third-most popular search for Britons seeking a holiday at home.
Blackpool North MP Paul Maynard said that he was “delighted” to see the resort thriving after such a turbulent period.
“I’m not surprised that people are returning to Blackpool – and I hope they will see its changed for the better,” he commented. “Who knows when the appetite is going to diminish…people can have just as good a time on the Lancashire coast.”