Southend visitation “definitely” up on 2020

Southend visitation up on 2020
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Data from Google has revealed a significant increase in footfall in Southend this summer, with numbers rising from 24 percent below pre-pandemic levels in 2020 to just five percent lower between July and September this year.

 

Location tracking revealed parks and public spaces across Essex enjoyed a 69 percent rise in popularity on 2020, with outdoor attractions such as the pier also welcoming a marked improvement on the number of summer visitors.

“The numbers have definitely gone up this summer and it’s definitely been better than last year, what with the pandemic and everything,” pier trader Derek Latimer told The Echo. “The summer does also mean we see families during the school holidays.”

“But even now the kids are back at school, we’ve seen grandparents with the younger children. There’s more on the pier for visitors to see and do, we’ve also had a really sunny season. People were also wanting to get back out again after the lockdowns.”

The data report comes as Southend Council revealed that the Southend pass was used over 55,000 parking hours during August alone, which deputy leader Ron Woodley hailed as “a tremendous result.”

“It’s been good to see people now using all Southend has to offer again. It’s brilliant news for businesses too.”


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