Tag: Tourism

Robbing horses, and motorists, in Hastings

Hastings Pier Tourism Parking
It takes resilience to run a pier operation nowadays and in Hastings this quality is needed in abundance. An increase in parking costs could drive tourist traffic away, say locals..

Pulling our economic weight – and then some

Blackpool Central Pier Hospitality Tourism
Not just at the seaside but across the entirety of Great Britain, hospitality and tourism businesses are more than pulling their economic weight, explains UKHospitality’s Chris Banks

Blackpool identified as key to seaside revival

Blackpool, tourism, seaside, revival, business
Blackpool has been identified as the key for a new initiative that would show how the issues affecting seaside resorts could be replicated nationwide. The House of Lords Select Committee on Regenerating Seaside Towns recommended it be the first resort to receive a ‘town deal’, involving a strategic approach between national and local government to develop specific solutions. Lord McNally, a...

Seaside resorts in urgent need of reinvention

Seaside resorts, reinvention, investment, tourism
After they spent the last year on a fact-finding mission across England’s coastal towns, a House of Lords select committee is urging the government to up its regeneration efforts. Seaside towns across England “have been neglected for too long” and are in urgent need of reinvention according to a new parliamentary study. The Future of Seaside Towns report, written by the...

Visitors still seeking the “nostalgic, family-friendly seaside experience that’s synonymous with Blackpool”

Seaside Blackpool Tower North Pier
Chris Higgitt, operator of Higgitt's Las Vegas Amusements, explains that despite the ongoing rail disruption...

New Blackpool tourism plan aims for 500,000 visitor boost

Blackpool’s ambition to maintain its position as the UK’s most popular seaside resort has been laid out in a new version of its destination management plan. Blackpool Council has set out its tourism goals that aim to boost annual visitor numbers at the resort by 500,000 in its second destination management plan. It revealed that since the first plan was launched...

Blackpool posts five year plan for “first-class tourism product”

Blackpool, tourism, product, uk
A five year plan for Blackpool, which includes investment in transport links and the completion of the new conference centre at Winter Gardens,has been laid out by the council. The blueprints spell out a timeline for finishing the tram extension up the Prom and developing the £300m plans for Blackpool Central Station, as well as proposing changes to the town’s...

Government calls for year-round tourism promotion

Government, tourism, promotion, politics
Secretary of state for tourism Jeremy Wright has called on the tourism industry to respond with a “renewed commitment” to establish a world-leading market. Speaking to the Tourism Industry Council Wright said: “Every time a leisure or business traveller chooses to visit, it brings investment in our economy and supports jobs across the country, but we are in a competitive...

‘Bleakpool’ no more: New developments could see change in Blackpool’s reputation

blackpool, tourism, investment
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...

Wright announces sector deal negotiation with tourism trade

Jeremy Wright, negotiations, tourism, trade
Negotiations between government and trade chiefs will soon aim to produce a bespoke sector deal for the tourism industry - a step which one trade association chief claims could be a “game-changer”. As part of its continuing Industrial Strategy, the government has now announced its intention to deliver the tourist industry a sector deal that will aim to attract more...

Kursaal comes under new ownership

Kursaal, Southend-on-Sea
The site of what was once one of England’s first ever bespoke amusement parks has come under new ownership. The main building of The Kursaal in Southend-on-Sea opened in 1901, boasting a notable stained-glassdome, and initially offering patrons what was then the largest fairground and amusements hall in the south of England. Within a decade the site boasted a variety...

Irish tourism chiefs warn of no deal danger

Brexit, ireland
To say that the UK’s departure from Europe is a matter that consumes just the homeland is probably not that accurate. Britain's closest European trading partner, Ireland, is displaying a nervous twitch of its own, counting the prospective cost of a hard-line withdrawal on its tourism trade. Paul Kelly, chief executive of Failte Ireland, has issued a dire warning over...

Plans to boost Blackpool economy by £1bn unveiled

Blackpool, tourism, economy, Blackpool Pride of Place Partnerhip, Merlin Entertainment
A local partnership of the public and private sectors is hoping to secure government funding to help Blackpool return to its heyday as the country’s most popular seaside destination. A plan to restore Blackpool to its tourist heyday and boost its economy by £1bn over the next decade have been unveiled. Published by the Blackpool Pride of Place Partnerhip, the masterplan...

Blackpool South Pier loses log flume planning permission decision

Blackpool South Pier
After moving onto the promenade, Blackpool South Pier’s log flume has been a hit with holidaymakers. But now the council has ordered it to be removed. The owner of Blackpool’s South Pier has lost out in its bid to keep a log flume ride on its current site on the resort’s promenade just north of the attraction. The Blackpool Pier...

Scarborough revealed as UK’s most visited holiday destination

Scarborough beach
New figures have revealed that the Borough of Scarborough has retained its crown as most visited holiday destination in England, outside of London. The data released by VisitEngland showed that the region, which includes the seaside resorts of Filey and Whitby, as well as Scarborough, remain a big hit with holidaymakers. It also revealed that a record breaking number of overseas...

Felixstowe rat gas plan shelved

Felixstowe Pier
In what should be of little surprise to anyone, a plan to use lethal gasses to curb a rat problem in Felixstowe has been halted due to safety concerns. According to Suffolk Coastal District Council the region’s growing popularity and “booming tourist economy” has not only led to an influx of revellers but increasing numbers of rats. Conventional methods such as...

Coinslot comment: Time to make a break from the seasonal break?

Weather sun beach
The latest tourism figures confirm that the UK’s appeal both domestically and abroad is on a high. Is this the signal for investment to optimise an all-year round season asks Ken Scott. Some say the football season starts too early,some think we should have a mid-season break, others say the season’s too long. And this year, we virtually had a...

All-weather piers defy bank holiday wash-out

Clacton Pier
Although the August bank holiday spelled rain for most seaside resorts across the UK, all-weather piers such as Clacton and Felixstowe still achieved strong numbers throughout the weekend. All-weather attractions showed their worth over the August bank holiday as the popularity of both Clacton and Felixstowe piers proved “resilient” to the wet weather. In Clacton, a wash-out on Sunday failed to...

Richardsons holiday park looking up after revamp

Beach summer
The chief executive of Richardsons Leisure has commented that the company is thriving after a period of operational refocusing and concentrated investment. The company has just completed a £10m redevelopment project at its flagship facility in Hemsby including an upgrade to accommodation, an entertainment complex and a 400 seat leisure venue. Munford said the growing market for shortbreaks and staycations had...

Seaside towns gathering steam, but will small business owners survive?

Politicians are finally beginning to realise the potential of revitalising seaside towns, but will small business owners such as Mark Miller in Whitby be tolerant enough to stick around for the results? Patience, and profit margins, are certainly wearing thin. “Eventually the government will realise the value of our seaside towns,”says Mark Miller, owner of Millers Amusements in Whitby, with...

Southend Pier aiming for one million visitors

Southend Pier
Southend Borough Council is hoping to record one million visitors to the resort’s pier in 2018 after it achieved record numbers for the past three months. James Courtenay, deputy leader, announced the target after revealing that figures for May, June and July had broken previous records. Last month, Southend Pier saw an increase of almost 20 per cent over the same...

Heat sees Bournemouth beat tourism targets early

Bournemouth Pier
Britain’s record-breaking heatwave saw revellers flock to coastal climes the country over and in Bournemouth this resulted in the breaking of yearly tourism targets months early. It has been revealed by tourism bosses that, by 1 August, the local market has taken as much as they would for the year for a number of seafront amenities and activities. Joe Abbott, operator...

The north-south divide of Welsh tourism

Llandudno Pier
While recent figures suggest a stand-still in attracting foreign tourism to Cardiff and the rest of Wales, Adam Williams, owner of Tir Prince and operator of Llandudno Pier, explains that as far as tourism statistics go, the northern region Wales “may as well be a different country”. With foreign tourism spend down 17 percent in Wales, but up eight percent...

Met Office: UK on track for Indian Summer

Weather sun beach
Whilst the current spell of hot weather is due to come to an end this week, the latest Met Office analysis has predicted that a return to average temperatures will be only temporary - and that the mercury will remain well above normal levels well into October. Wednesday will see the commencement of a cooler period of weather and increased...

Seaside amusement parks amongst UK holidaymakers’ favourites

Bournemouth Pier
The British public have had their say on their highest-rated holiday attractions, and unsurprisingly seaside amusement parks are right up there amongst them. Seaside amusement parks have once again proved to be amongst UK holidaymakers’ favourites in the Trip Advisor’s 2018 Travellers’ Choice Awards. Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Brighton Palace Pier and Southend Adventure Island all featured in the internationally popular...

Tourism VAT cut would be “revenue neutral” by third year

Coinslot HM Treasury
While the industry would benefit immediately, the Treasury would only have to wait three years to start seeing a profit from cutting tourism VAT, according to the Cut Tourism VAT campaign that wants to see the 20 percent figure slashed to five percent. A cut to the VAT charged on tourism related products would be revenue neutral by the third...

New data reveals visitor numbers still booming in Blackpool

Amusements operators across Blackpool can expect a bumper season if the increase in visitors it is experiencing continues. Visitor numbers are on the rise in Blackpool and the Fylde Coast according to new figures that analyse the resort’s transport network. A report by Blackpool Council revealed that the number of people using its car parks and trams in May and June...

UK roundup: Yorkshire coastlines, tourism, and British pubs

Coinslot tourism BHA
Concerns raised over coastal BID Concerns have been raised over a business improvement district designed to help boost the east Yorkshire coastline. Later this year more than 1,700 tourism businesses will go to ballot over the project but some in the industry have voiced worry about the impact of paying another levy on top of business rates. Industry awaits NI tourism...

Tourism and hospitality sector offers “cautious welcome” to Brexit white paper

UKinbound chair Mark McVay and UK hospitality CEO Kate Nicholls are in the minority when it comes to the Prime Minister’s Brexit white paper, with the former mustering a “cautious welcome”, and the latter “pleased” with its continuation of the status-quo. While there has not been much political positivity shown towards Theresa May’s Brexit white paper - it choked its...

“Yes, Minister in real life”: New UK insurance rules dampen staycation spirit

UK Seaside
As the warm weather continues to boost staycation figures across the country, a new insurance directive - extended beyond its original intention by the UK government - is costing B&B and hotel owners, and by association the entire tourism and attractions industry. UK-based B&B and hotel operators are being forced to choose between paying-up to insurance companies or providing a...