Monday, September 28, 2020

Tag: Brighton

Prospects not so bright as ‘three winters” take their toll on seaside resorts

Brighton Pier
Brighton has began to re-open, but deprived of foreign visitors - the jewel of the south coast is now only a shadow of its former self. How is the tourism industry managing its survival plan?

To lock or unlock, that is the question

Blackpool unlock lockdown seaside economy
The greatest fear going into lockdown was the potential loss of a summer season and the devastating impact it would have on seaside economies. Now, with two or three months left to salvage, the greatest fear is the potential damage a summer season could have on seaside communities. Not everyone seems to be keen on opening up just yet as Blackpool and Brighton are finding out.

Campaign to cut Vat on tourism books a trip to Parliament

Brighton deckchairs vat tourism hospitality
Caroline Lucas MP wants VAT cut and a year long financial package to resuscitate UK tourism and the hospitality sector. It’s a tax reduction call with a long track record, but in a post-Coronavirus world, the case has never been as strong.

Summer delivers boost for Brighton seafront traders

Brighton Seafront traders sunshine boost
Holidaymakers and day-trippers alike descended upon Brighton in their thousands as the recent heat wave swept the nation, providing a “very welcome” boost..

Original West Pier kiosk could find home on seafront

Brighton Original West Pier kiosk
Brighton’s West Pier Trust has submitted plans to rebuild a kiosk from the 1866 pier, removed in 1996 - just seven years before two arson attacks destroyed the Grade I structure

Brighton Pier backs balance of tradition and innovation

Brighton Palace Pier
When it comes to landmark seaside attractions, Brighton Palace Pier proves difficult to beat, something which CEO Anne Ackord knows is only achieved...

Brighton’s Valley Garden scheme approved

The controversial Valley Garden redevelopment scheme in Brighton has been approved - a move that will mean an incontrovertible change for the area around the city’s iconic Pier. The £8m project, heavily criticised by the pier’s operator as a serious threat to its trade, will replace the roundabout currently found at the Palace Pier entrance and will reportedly give a...

Brighton Pier tries to deflate health and safety fears

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Management claim the inflatable slide at Brighton Pier is safe as houses - but in the wake of Woking, these assurances may fall on deaf ears. Concerns have been raised over the positioning of the slide at Brighton Pier, as operators nationwide undergo intensified scrutiny regarding the safe operation of inflatables. Alarm bells were rung in Brighton by one worried which...

Brighton Pier CEO encourages “building relationships” ahead of Leaders Lunch

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With Brighton Pier considered a jewel in the crown of Britain’s seaside amusements, BPG CEO Anne Ackord knows that such prominence carries a weight of responsibility as she pushes supporting local business and tourism to the top of the group’s agenda. Brighton and Hove Chamber of Commerce’s upcoming Business Leaders Lunch will see Anne Ackord address the need for effective...

Roads around Brighton Pier up for review

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Councillors in Brighton are reviewing plans which could completely overhaul transportation infrastructure to and around Brighton Palace Pier. The tabled measures, which form part of an ongoing rejuvenation project of the city-centre, include a proposal to replace a notorious roundabout at the pier’s entrance with a traffic-light junction, which would sit alongside a new bike-lane and improved pedestrian walkways. With the...

Pier boss boosts backing for Brighton landmark

Brighton Pier
Brighton Pier Group chairman Luke Johnson has announced he will increase his holding in the investment company, which has managed the Grade II listed Brighton Palace pier since 2016, from 23.7 percent to 27 percent. The highly regarded businessman, who recently bolstered his attraction portfolio with the acquisition of Paradise Island Adventure Golf, will increase his stake by exercising almost...

Seaside regeneration: Lords see life from the operational side

Bacta seaside amusements Regeneration MP delegation
Brighton Pier’s Anne Ackord and a delegation of top Bacta officials gave Lib Dem and labour peers a tour of the city’s amusements industry during last week’s party conference. The message was very clear: more needs to be done to maximise the opportunities that Britain’s seaside communities can offer.   Lord McNally: “Do you feel you have the right voices in...

Minimising the “Sh*t”-show: Brighton operators parlay with rail management

Big-wigs from Brighton’s tourism sector are due to meet with representatives from Network Rail and Govia Thameslink Railway this week - in hopes of minimising travel disruption as a result of slated line-maintenance work. The Brighton and Hove Tourism Alliance, which includes major local attractions operators like the i360 and Brighton Pier, called the meeting in response to Network Rail’s...

One in the i-360

In many ways Brighton is a model seaside resort defining much of what the coastal economy is all about. But, suggests Ken Scott, something went a bit wrong with its i-360 tower venture on the seafront. Brighton and Hove Council has a dilemma on its hands.It backed the British Airways i-360 observation tower and on a clear day, some say,...

Brighton i360 secures debt deferral to December from council

Brighton i360
There’s an ultimate irony in the plight of Brighton’s i360 seafront attraction: it has a 360 degree view of the south of England and into France, and yet it never saw a £36 million debt coming from all angles. The beleaguered venture now has six months to find a clear view ahead - and £922,296 in debt repayments to...

Brighton Palace Pier donates artefacts to boost charity auction

Brighton Palace Pier: Rockinghorse
Brighton Palace Pier has kindly donated a collection of strange and unusual artefacts for auction to raise money for a children’s charity. The items, that were previously displayed in the pier’s Victoria Bar, were donated to raise vital funds for Rockinghorse. The auction took place at Gorringes Auction housing raise £4,810 for Rockinghorse children’s charity - the official fundraising arm of...

“Chaos” “Mayhem” “Shambolic”: a day at the seaside

Brighton train station
“The queue time at Gatwick Airport to board a bus is currently 2 hours and it is strongly advised to not travel towards Brighton today,” National Rail wrote in a tweet on Sunday. It wasn’t a Radio 4 Tweet of the Day, the birdsongs of Britain’s real-life twitterers at one minute to six every morning; no, it was more the...

Brighton and Hove set for May Day travel misery

Brighton Pier
Tourism bosses in Brighton have been stunned by the decision to cancel direct trains between London and Brighton on one of the business weekends of the year. Representatives of Brighton’s tourist industry have called Network Rail to ask them to reconsider the cancellations, which will take place over the May Day Bank Holiday. The weekend marks the start of the Brighton...

First images of Brighton Palace Pier sign revealed

The new sign for Brighton Palace Pier is currently under construction, with a planning permission decision expected in May this year. So, what will draw the public to one of Britain’s most popular free venues. The Brighton Pier Group has released the first images of the winning design of the new Brighton Palace Pier sign it hopes will adorn the...

Brighton Pier Group stays on course despite turbulent weather

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Brighton Pier Group has positioned itself well for growth across the breadth of its operations through the continuation of its acquisition strategy. All this in spite of a difficult H2 2017 operational climate.   Interim results for the 26 weeks up to 24 December 2017 for the Brighton Pier Group showed that despite adverse weather conditions impacting results at its titular...

Brighton Palace Pier owner reveals interest in Hastings Pier acquisition

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  The owner of Brighton Palace Pier has revealed that his company is interested in adding the troubled Hastings Pier to its portfolio.   Luke Johnson, chairman of private equity house Risk Capital Partners LLP and The Brighton Pier Group PLC, said he had already begun the process of exploring a bid for the award-winning south coast attraction. The charity that operates Hastings...

Crowdfunding raises £466,000 to save Brighton’s seafront terraces

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  A crowdfunding campaign has raised £466,000 to help save Brighton’s Victorian seafront arches.   Madeira Terrace, a Grade II-listed structure running half a mile along the seafront, has been closed to the public after falling into disrepair. But a crowdfunding scheme initiated by the city council has seen local residents, businesses, and celebrities help raise £45,000 more than the original target. Council...

World’s best airport praises Brighton’s “goofball eccentricity”

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  Singapore Changi Airport has promoted Brighton for its “quirky, artisan and indie” nature in a new travel guide.   The airport’s Now Boarding guide also named Brighton’s Palace Pier in a list of the city's top attractions, along with the Royal Pavilion. The author dubbed the seaside destination as “a most un-English town” that is “a warmer, weirder and wilder alternative”...

Volk’s railway returns to Brighton seafront for half-term

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Brighton’s historic railway, the Volk's railway, has reopened for the school half-term holiday following a series of maintenance programs which deferred its opening at Easter.   The restoration of a live underground gas pipe will allow the seafront route to be operative until 29 October which also includes a new aquarium station and a visitor centre. “It’s brilliant to see the Volk's...

Brighton Pier owner pledges £5,000 for city’s historic terrace

brighton madeira terrace
A campaign to redevelop the Victorian arches on Brighton seafront received a major boost after the owner of the Brighton Palace Pier pledged to donate £5,000.   The entire Grade II-listed cast iron structure that forms Madeira Terrace is closed to the public over fears parts could collapse. Last July saw the launch of the Save Madeira Terrace crowdfunding campaign to kickstart...

Brighton rocketing: pier sees increasing revenues, profits and investment

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In the first full year since its takeover by hospitality entrepreneur Luke Johnson, the Brighton Pier Group has recorded impressive results with a 278 percent rise in profits and a near 40 percent increase in revenues.   The Brighton Pier Group has announced a pre-tax profit of £3.5m for the year ending 25 June 2017, a 278 per-cent rise on...

Bacta shares platform with Labour deputy leader Tom Watson

As the Labour Party made its way to Brighton this week, so did bacta’s John White, who was a panellist in a debate during the party conference before hosting Fish & Chips & Beer on the pier for MPs.   Bacta’s empirically-based arguments supporting the need to significantly reduce FOBT stakes gained further traction this week when chief executive, John White,...

Bacta raise the political stakes

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Bacta has embarked on one of the most intensive programmes of political engagement in its recent history initiating three high profile events in the course of a week.   On Tuesday 19th September, a bacta delegation comprising President, Gabi Stergides, former President Jason Frost and Chief Executive John White, attended a meeting at Downing Street with Alex Martin, Advisor on Economic...

Brighton Pier to host British science festival

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Brighton Palace Pier is set to become a key venue for the British Festival of Science taking place this week, which is set to attract 20,000 visitors.   Scientists, artists and entertainers will set upon the seaside city as it hosts the science festival for the first time in 34 years. The pier boardwalk will feature pop-up experiments, interactive installations and...

Brighton seeking to keep its number one spot

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Brighton & Hove Council have been told to concentrate more on the tourism economy after the city’s attractions saw a slight drop in visits compared with last year, according to findings from VisitEngland. The rest of Southeast England saw an uptick of five percent, indicating that Brighton is facing tougher competition from lesser known attractions elsewhere in the UK....