Tag: Tourism

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.

UKinbound warns that £23bn tourism industry is on a cliff edge

UKinbound tourism economic recovery
Tourism trade association UKinbound has put a new perspective on the need for state aid, by issuing a stark warning that the country risks damaging and prolonging its economic recovery if the inbound tourism industry, worth nearly £23bn to the UK economy in 2018, does not receive long term financial support alongside domestic and outbound tourism recovery plans.

What next for Skegness?

Skegness lockdown arcade
The people of Skegness have been voicing their opinions as to how they envision their town emerging out of the presiding lockdown measures, just a week on after a report flagged the town as the most economically vulnerable place in the UK

Blackpool to suffer more than most from lockdown, says new report

lockdown economic impact Blackpool
A new report by think-tank the Centre for Cities has once again highlighted the degree of regional disparity in Britain when it comes to the economic impact of the country’s ongoing lockdown misery.

Re-open the resort? Not on our seafront, says Southend Council

Southend seafront lockdown measures
Two prominent voices from Southend’s local authority have pushed back against newly-relaxed lockdown measures, with council leader Ian Gilbert saying he may well shut down the seafront to dissuade visitors.

North Somerset tourism bosses urge clear guidance on restrictions

Tourism bosses urge clear guidance
North Somerset tourism groups have warned small local businesses will not survive if visitors are encouraged to avoid seaside towns as part of lockdown lifting strategy.

Butlin’s and Haven extend closure period

Butlin's Haven extend closure period
Butlin’s and Haven have both extended the period they expect to remain closed due to the Coronavirus pandemic, which will now include the week of the May half term.

Southend pier set for new pavilion and train platform

Southend Pier new pavilion and train platform
Aiming to attract one million people a year to the world’s longest pleasure pier, Southend Council is investing in a new train and a new pavilion after previously approving a £100m development for the town’s seafront.

Holidaymakers urged to reconsider refund demands on UK domestic tourism

UK Tourism urged after lockdown
The Daily Express has urged UK residents to support tourism businesses, after VisitBritain predicted the domestic sector could lose £11bn if movement restrictions remain in place until the August bank holiday weekend.

Tourism sacrifices £2bn over Easter

Easter seaside Tourism
The tourism industry has sacrificed £2bn over the Easter holidays as seaside resorts across the country urged tourists to stay away despite the impact their absence will have on businesses.

Weston Grand Pier closes as tourism body urges “don’t come to Somerset”

Weston Grand Pier
Weston’s Grand Pier has closed, ahead of calls by Visit Somerset asking visitors to “postpone your visit” to the county in order to protect vital services for local residents during the Coronavirus outbreak.

New immigration system “too much, too soon” says Brighton Pier chief

Brighton Palace Pier Ann Ackord immigration system too much too soon
Anne Ackord has said the local domestic workforce is “just not big enough” to fully staff attractions like Brighton Pier, and that new immigration regulations deride tourism by classifying it as an “unskilled” sector.

Tourism Alliance hammers out new approach for 2020

Tourism Alliance Report
Lobby group the Tourism Alliance published a new report recently outlining a dozen focus points upon which, so it claimed, it would direct its new efforts..

Open all seasons: Council wants to drive year-round business to Lincolnshire coast

council drive business Lincolnshire coast
Amusement arcades and FECs in Lincolnshire’s coastal towns could see a boost in their winter trade as one council launches a bid to drive visitors to the..

Blackpool visitor numbers rise for fourth year running

Blackpool visitor number increasing
A report by independent tourism analyst GTS has revealed that 2018 saw Blackpool enjoy its fourth consecutive rise in annual visitor numbers, with two..

Blackpool’s new Boulevard hotel is a sign of changing times, says Thompson

Blackpool Pleasure Beach Boulevard Hotel
Pleasure Beach dynasty-member Amanda Thompson says a new luxury hotel in shows how Britain’s best-loved seaside resort is branching out.

August washout drives surge in international travel

August washout
The extremes of Britain’s weather came into sharp focus last week with the release of new market research indicating that August has been such a washout..

UKinbound reports sustainability for both environment and business

UKinbound environment business
UKinbound has reported that UK businesses are making significant headway in reducing their impact on the environment, wit 81 percent of tourism..

International holidays slashed as Brits opt for staycations

Staycation Bournemouth beach
Tour operators can’t give trips to Greece and Turkey away, as political, economic and climatic factors keep Brits at home for the summer. The staycation is

May announces new sector deal for tourism

Theresa May Tourism deal
A new tourism sector deal will see government commit to streamlining visitor data, whilst simultaneously bolstering entry-level positions within the trade.

UKinbound welcomes tourism Sector Deal

The Prime Minister’s announcement of a first UK tourism sector deal has been met with praise by leading trade association UKinbound.   The new deal comes with the nation forecast to welcome an additional nine million visitors per year by 2025. James Aitken, chair of leading trade association, UKinbound welcomed the news: “We are really pleased that a Sector Deal has been secured...

Blackpool survey shows impressive gains in footfall

Blackpool Tower survey
Visitation rates have leapt in Blackpool this year, with particular growth in the number of overnight stays. according to the latest figures from the..

Bacta launches its campaign to re-energise seaside tourism

Bacta launches campaign re-energise seaside
Bacta has unveiled its ‘Siding with the Seaside’ campaign, urging the government to take action by investing and supporting the regeneration of Britain’s..