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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

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

Brexit
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...

Clacton Pier continues positive community action

Clacton Pier
Bosses at Clacton Pier are continuing their impressive programme of community support, welcoming families for a free fun day as part of a Rays of Sunshine event, allowing local schoolchildren to be a part of history and helping to support a fundraising walk. A group of seriously ill children were given a day to remember as they visited Clacton Pier...

Northern Ireland turns staycation corner

Northern Ireland
Last year was a record breaking one for tourism in Northern Ireland according to government figures, with the continuing staycation boom making up close to half of all trips. The tourism industry in Northern Ireland contributed an all time high £926m to the national economy in 2017 according to recently released statistics. The country welcomed some 4.85m overnight trips throughout the...

Unified approach helping Blackpool operators boost overnight stays

Coinslot-Blackpool-pier
In that all important battle to attract overnight visitors to the British seaside, the combined efforts of the resort’s biggest operators appears to be making a difference. Blackpool’s biggest amusements and leisure operators have praised the impact of a tourism marketing initiative on business in the resort. Both Blackpool Pleasure Beach and Merlin Entertainments said that teaming up to promote sales...

MP appeals to Pontins over site future

Pontins 2
Brandon Lewis, MP for Great Yarmouth, has written to the directors of the Northern Trust to ascertain if any parties had expressed interest in turning the former Pontins site in Hemsby into a tourism destination. It has been more than a decade since the property was operational and the trust has since outlined a plan to turn the area into...

Bunn Leisure reports record breaking year for 2017

Dunn Leisure
Bunn Leisure has reported a record breaking year for 2017, with the holiday park operator following this strong performance through with a further £17m investment in its attractions. The company has plans for a bowling alley, a 1,250-seated entertainment venue, and a go kart track at its 300-acre holiday complex on the Selsey Peninsula in West Sussex, increasing the quality...

Northern Ireland tourism VAT consultation targets UK-wide cut

Belfast
Last month the Financial Secretary to the Treasury, Mel Stride MP, visited Belfast to discuss the current consultation on VAT and APD with Northern Irish business leaders before the deadline closed on 5 June. In the meeting, Stride urged the tourism industry in Northern Ireland to contribute their views to the consultation into the rate of VAT and APD levied...

Southern seaside towns could reap benefits if Prince Harry becomes Duke of Sussex

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Sussex towns could see huge benefits if Prince Harry is given the Dukedom of the County on his wedding day. The Prince is tipped to receive the title of Duke of Sussex when he marries Meghan Markle this weekend. And, as many operators point out, the additional exposure for the county, should it acquire the world’s most famous newlyweds as its...

Parkin brings crazy golf back to Exmouth seafront

Exmouth Leisure
It had been thought that one Devon resort had seen the last of one of holidaymakers’ favourite seaside attractions. Thanks to Exmouth Leisure Amusement’s Harry Parkin, it will return in time for the summer holidays. In Exmouth amusements operator has brought crazy golf back to the resort’s seafront to provide continuity and keep footfall flowing to the area. Harry Parkin, owner...

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...

UK tourism growing strongly, but must be safeguarded

Gloria Guevara
Speaking at the launch of a new report by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) in New York, president & CEO Gloria Guevara explained that the sector cannot be taken for granted as Britain leaves the EU. Travel and tourism grew by over four times the rate of the wider UK economy in 2017, according to a new report...

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