Tag: Tourism

Manning’s Amusements: Summer footfall “better than expected”

Mannings Amusements Felixstowe
Manning's Amusements pulled out all the stops during the Covid-hit summer to record a better than expected trading period.

Southend without Adventure Island is “unimaginable,” say locals

Adventure Island
An interesting exercise in WhatIf?-style re-imagining found journos over at Essex Live consider how Southend-on-Sea would be different without the presence of its iconic Adventure Island theme park.

Tourism brands extend the season and think outside the box

Blackpool Illuminations Haven tourism
The domestic tourism industry, faced with the near decimation of its traditional summer season is utilising imaginative marketing and positioning techniques in an attempt to repackage, refresh and reinvent the offering.

Blackpool numbers way up on pre-lockdown levels

Blackpool busy post lockdown
An anecdotal surge in footfall at Britain’s coastal resorts has been borne out by hard numbers - with research by think-tank the Centre for Cities suggesting visitation is up in Blackpool a full 30 per cent on pre-lockdown levels.

Culture Secretary heads to Butlin’s to sample the experience and meet with business leaders at tourism roundtable

Oliver Dowden MP Butlins visit
Cabinet Minister Oliver Dowden was invited to sample the unique hospitality offered by Butlins in Bognor and listen to the challenges facing tourist destinations in a Covid-world.

Blackpool busiest it’s been for a decade

Blackpool Tourism
Blackpool is enjoying its busiest summer season in a decade - that’s according to its director of tourism Alan Cavill.

Blackpool thrives amid staycation surge

Blackpool visitor numbers
Blackpool is enjoying a boom in footfall comparable with its Victorian hey-day: that’s according to a new report.

All-rounders: Clacton Pier announces first ever 364-day opening

Clacton Pier 364 day opening
There’s no rest for the wicked down in Clacton-on-Sea, where pier owner Billy Ball has announced that rides will stay open 364 days a year on his pier.

Seaside set for struggle despite staycation boost

Seaside resorts deprivation
The BBC has reported that the UK’s seaside resorts are in line to face disproportionate deprivation in the wake of Coronavirus, despite visitation increasing in the immediate future.

Bacta rallies the industry around its SOS call

Bacta SOS saveourseaside
Britain is in recession, employment levels are at their lowest for decades and coronavirus is continuing to keep its stranglehold on efforts to drive an economic fight-back. Acutely aware of the warning signs, Bacta has launched an industry-wide campaign to bring the message home to the legislators: Save Our Seaside.

Sun, sea and social distancing: Seaside authorities balance safety and satisfaction

seaside tourism social distancing
The UK’s beaches were packed with tourists on 31 July as the country enjoyed its third-hottest day on record, prompting local authorities to double up on efforts to keep visitors safe.

Former Pleasure Island site earmarked for new £57m development

Pleasure Island site redevelopment
The former site of Pleasure Island has been chosen for a new multi-million tourism and leisure development, with local businesses welcoming renewed..

Government dismisses industry VAT and MGD reduction request

VAT MGD reduction request dismissed
The government has dismissed a request from Bacta for the amusements industry to be included in the temporary 5 percent VAT rate for tourist businesses.

What? Which? survey shows smaller seaside resorts are shining brighter

St Mawes Which staycation
According to the latest data from consumer association Which?, staycationers in the time of Corona are eying smaller destinations more favourably than their busier counterparts.

Fear of travel may encourage consumers to turn to local venues for entertainment, but the government must play its part

UKHospitality Tourism data
There isn’t a soundbite or a slogan the government can throw at the hospitality industry that will ease their fears. And the latest UKHospitality research suggests far more support is needed to bring optimism back to our domestic tourist resorts

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?

Tour operators set to make large scale redundancies without government action, warns UKinbound

Tour operators set for redundancies unless government act warn UKinbound
According to a survey undertaken by tourism trade association UKinbound, 88 percent of tour operators and destination management companies (DMCs), who are responsible for bringing in and looking after over half of all international visitors to the UK, are set to make large scale redundancies as a result of the Covid-19 crisis, unless the Government provides more financial support.

London calling: Merlin leads capital’s tourism campaign

SOS London Merlin Entertainments
Merlin Entertainments has led tourism bodies such as UKHospitality, Tourism Alliance, ETOA and UKinbound in launching SOS London, a campaign aimed at urging the government to support tourism and hospitality in the UK capital

Staycation bookings soar alongside cut in VAT

staycation bookings soar
Hopes for some economic redemption for the year were stoked last week by the news that bookings for domestic holidays had surged 150 per cent compared to 2019.

Bacta steps up call for temporary tax cuts for coastal arcades

John White Bacta Call for MGD Tax cuts
Bacta has stepped up its campaign to secure further support measures for the amusements industry, calling on the government to reduce MGD for a temporary period.

“The Government must act very quickly as we are already seeing companies that have been trading for many years close down”

John Stergides Electrocoin
Electrocoin’s John Stergides is in determined mood; all parts of the industry, he argues, have not had the full benefits of support from government and local authorities.

Blackpool re-opening goes ahead despite loss of coach operators

Blackpool tourism illuminations coach tours
The loss of coach tours will hit Blackpool hard, predicts a local council report, as will convincing visitors that a trip to the coast won’t cost them their health. So, how is the UK’s biggest seaside resort planning to keep the Blackpool bounce from going flat?

Blackpool Illuminations extended by two months

Blackpool Illuminations extended two months
Blackpool Illuminations are to remain lit-up for an additional two months this year, in a bid to help boost tourism to the Lancashire coast in the wake of Coronavirus.

Scottish FECs set for “conditional” July re-opening

Scottish FECs AGCs could open July
Scottish arcades and FECs may be able to return to business on 15 July, subject to the success of wider measures to facilitate a restart to the country’s tourism industry.

Seven percent of coastal tourism businesses closed for good

Coastal Tourism Covid-19 economic impact
The economic impact of Covid-19 has caused seven percent of coastal tourism businesses to shut up shop for the foreseeable future - and the value of the industry could be almost halved.

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.

Hostage public will lead to surge in staycations, says English Heritage

English Heritage Staycation summer
English Heritage has said that it is preparing for a massive surge in staycations later on this summer, as international travel essentially grinds to a halt.

Government considering October bank holiday for tourism boost

october bank holiday proposals
The government is actively considering proposals, officially lodged by VisitBritain and fashioned out of an idea from the seaside amusements sector, to introduce a new bank holiday in October, in order to recoup part of the estimated £37bn loss faced by the UK tourism industry this year.

Instance Automatics leads Support the Great British Seaside campaign

Great British Seaside campaign
Instance Automatics is leading a Support the Great British Seaside campaign, as part of an effort to help boost coastal tourism when freedom of movement returns.

Bacta’s call for October bank holiday gains traction

John White Bacta extra Bank Holiday
It started out as a point for consideration in Bacta’s presentation to government on the plan to get the UK amusement machine sector back to work. Now, the concept of an extra bank holiday in post lockdown Britain is seriously under consideration by 10 Downing Street.