Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Tag: Tourism

VistEngland renews Clacton Pier accreditation

VisitEngland renews Clacton Pier Accreditation
Clacton Pier has once again received accreditation from VisitEngland, with the UK tourism body increasing the attraction’s overall quality score after recognising “notable improvements” at the Essex landmark.

‘November madness’ at Skegness Pier keeps the ball rolling towards Skeggy 365

Skegness Pier tourism Skegnes 365
Skegness Pier is driving the vision forward for an all year round offering as leisure and entertainment becomes the economic force for transforming seaside resorts. At the same time as it unveiled its November Madness initiative, the local paper highlighted the stark need for a 365 tourist offering.

“There is much optimism”: Albert Jones shares tourism bosses hopes for a buoyant 2022

Albert Jones Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach
Great Yarmouth’s tourism bosses have predicted the industry will “come back stronger” in 2022, with positive footfall boosting optimism among attraction and amusement operators.

Burnham-on-Sea Pier enjoys growing tourist reputation

Burnham on sea pier growing tourism reputation
Burnham-on-Sea Pier is enjoying something of a renaissance this year, with a recent surge in positive reviews on TripAdvisor prompting a re-evaluation of the compact landmark from both residents and holidaymakers.

Think Cleethorpes campaign calls for resident proposals as resort pushes for an all year-round seaside economy

Think Cleethorpes campaign year round tourism
North East Lincolnshire Council has launched the Think Cleethorpes campaign, in order to survey local opinion on what attractions are needed to deliver a year-round tourist offer.

Central Pier plans £4m ‘bigger’ wheel for 2023

Blackpool Pier Company Central Pier Wheel
As Blackpool prepares for a wave of tourist-focused investment and development, the town’s Central Pier is joining the trend - announcing plans for a “bigger, taller and even brighter” big wheel.

Parkdean Resorts set to be valued at £1.5bn

Parkdean Resorts sale
Parkdean Resorts is to be put up for sale by its private equity owner, according to reports, with the company’s 67-site holiday park estate set to be valued at £1.5bn.

Hotels urge Blackpool Central to lead with attractions rather than accommodation

Blackpool Central development Hotels urge attractions lead
Blackpool’s hoteliers are saying build the attractions first in the £300 million regeneration project. Guests need a reason to visit otherwise they don’t need to be guests. It’s a compelling argument and fundamental to the quick success a revenue generating prospects of the Blackpool Central Scheme.

Blackpool Council backs new £2.3m Golden Mile development

Blackpool Golden Mile development Merlin
Merlin is going to be waving its magic wand in the next few years as Blackpool confirms its plans to redevelop Sea Life on the Golden Mile as part of a multi-million pound regeneration.

Tourism and hospitality rebounds strongly after 18 months under siege

Tourism and hospitality rebounds strongly
As the UK economy starts to wake up from its covid-related slumber, tourism and hospitality are leading the way, according to Lloyds Bank, who also warned of the manufacturing industry’s poor output due to continue supply chain issues.

Eastbourne council tell tourism businesses to help fund air show or lose it

Eastbourne tourism Airbourne Air Show under threat
An event that brings hundreds of thousands of visitors to the East Sussex town of Eastbourne is under threat of closure and the Council wants the tourism economy to help foot the bill.

Blackpool enjoys “exceptional” tourism figures

Blackpool exceptional tourism figures
Blackpool Council has reported tourism in the town is enjoying “a remarkably strong recovery” post-pandemic, with footfall on the seafront and Promenade during July and August up 60 percent on 2019.

Southend visitation “definitely” up on 2020

Southend visitation up on 2020
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.

#VATsEnough: New campaign calls for Chancellor to ‘lock in’ low VAT permanently to boost hospitality and tourism

Thorpe Park Runaway Mine Train #VATsEnough VAT campaign
A major new campaign is calling on the Chancellor Rishi Sunak to make the 12.5percent VAT rate permanent for hospitality and tourism. Doing so say organisers, will enable sector businesses to create 125,000 jobs, avoid damaging price increases and accelerate the UK’s post-pandemic economic recovery.

Bacta lobbies politicos hard during party conference season

Bacta lobbying party conferences
Attending both Labour and Conservative party conferences, Bacta has been lobbying its socks off to put across the amusement industry’s point of view ahead of the government’s gambling review this year.

Trade bodies call on Chancellor to keep VAT at 12.5 percent

Rishi Sunak Trade Bodies call on Chancellor to keep VAT at 12.5 percent
An alliance of leading trade associations has undertaken a large-scale survey of businesses to establish the impact of an increase in VAT and the results don’t make pleasant reading for the government. Keep the rate down, they argue, or risk the recovery of hospitality around the UK.

Tourism the focus for Cleethorpes masterplan

Cleethorpes Tourism masterplan
North East Lincolnshire Council has outlined plans for a Cleethorpes masterplan, that will “develop and grow” the town’s tourism offer to create a year-round holiday destination.

Staycation joy turns sour as claims of “rip off” tourism sector get an airing

Staycation joy turns sour
UK holidaymakers are reportedly feeling “ripped off” by high staycation prices, as domestic tourism demand soars amid ongoing and unpredictable restrictions on international travel.

“The UK is just as good”: Holidaymakers back Blackpool

Blackpool Tourism Illuminations
As the extended Blackpool illuminations draw crowds to the Fylde coast, the dedication of leisure and hospitality operators is paving the way for an unseasonal seaside renaissance.

Seaside Selfie MP winner gifts family ‘fantastic day trip’

seaside selfie MP gifts family day trip1
Last year’s winner of Bacta’s Seaside Selfie competition, Emma Lewell-Buck, MP for South Shields, chose a local family in her constituency to benefit from the prize - a family day out in Blackpool, courtesy of the trade body’s members.

DCMS revolving door just keeps on spinning: John Whittingdale goes in cabinet reshuffle

DCMS wall Nadine Dorries appointed culture secretary
When a welcome stability was just beginning to take hold at the DCMS, the gaming and gambling sector will now have another new minister at its helm. Out goes John Whittingdale after only six and a half months in the office.

Boom time: August bank holiday spend biggest since Christmas 2019

Barclaycard data card transactions August Bank Holiday
Barclaycard has revealed UK card transactions made during the August bank holiday were the highest since Christmas 2019, with leisure and entertainment the biggest benefactors.

Ballas illuminates Blackpool as town lights up through to January

Blackpool Illuminations
Blackpool Illuminations 2021 have officially been switched on, with Shirley Ballas flipping the famous switch on 3 September as part of a special indoor ceremony staged in the Tower Ballroom.

Happyland leads new Bournemouth development strategy

Bournemouth seafront development strategy Happyland arcade
Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council has published its draft Seafront Development Strategy, which includes plans to redevelop the former Happyland Amusements site.

Pubs still crawling: Thousands of licensed premises still in limbo following ‘freedom-day’ – but is worst of the crisis behind the sector?

pub closed market recovery monitor
More than 7,000 licensed premises have not yet returned after last month’s ‘freedom-day’, the latest Market Recovery Monitor from CGA and AlixPartners reveals.

Paolo Sidoli: The seaside sector is teeming with tourists, but short on staff

Porthcawl Paolo Sidoli SB Machines
Porthcawl is busier than it’s been since the 1980’s, according to resort stalwart Paolo Sidoli, managing director of SB Machines, who has had to take special measures to recruit and keep staff to service the 2021 summer boom.

Eastbourne MP mounts powerful case for tourism economy drive

MP mounts tourism economy drive Eastbourne Pier
Caroline Ansell, the MP representing the Sussex resort of Eastbourne, is concerned about the short, medium and long-term implications of the absence of English Language students in the town stating that we can only relax when Eastbourne Pier is once again thronged with French teenagers.

35 metre Thunderbolt to hit Southport Pleasure Beach at 90 km per hour

Southport Pleasure Beach application Thunderbolt ride
Southport Pleasure Beach has unveiled plans for a new 35 metre roller coaster to be installed along Marine Drive, offering visitors “spectacular views” of the Lancashire coast.

Staycation summer to cut UK’s £30.5bn ‘tourism trade deficit’

Paignton Pier Staycation tourism Resolution Foundation report
The boom in ‘staycation’ holidays will provide some much-needed respite for the UK’s travel and hospitality sectors, with regions such as West Wales, Devon, Cornwall and the Lake District benefitting most - but cities including London and Manchester losing out - according to new research published by the Resolution Foundation.

Easing of Covid restrictions sees loosening of purse strings as Brits begin to return to spending ways

Nationwide Spending Report
The easing of Covid restrictions has coincided with a loosening off people’s purse strings, according to data from Nationwide’s latest quarterly Spending Report that shows both essential and non-essential spend have soared.