Monday, January 25, 2021

Tag: Tourism

Mumbles Pier set for new restaurant and cafe

Mumbles Pier new restaurant cafe application granted
The owners of Mumbles Pier have been granted permission to convert the Grade II listed landmark’s former lifeboat base into a new restaurant, alongside the construction of two pavilions housing retail units and a cafe.

Bourne Leisure targeted by Blackstone in potential £900m takeover deal

Bourne Leisure Butlins Minehead Blackstone
When the world’s biggest investment firm is interested in a sector, the signs are there’s some cause for much needed optimism for all links in the supply chain. Especially when staycation predictions are rocketing. Blackstone are courting Bourne Leisure.

Suppliers are being let down by gaps in government’s support funding, says Eason

Ian Eason Instance Automatics supply chain
Instance Automatic’s Ian Eason says that leisure supply businesses are still failing to attain adequate relief funding from government - despite being robbed of almost any prospect of revenue. Things need to change - and quickly.

UKinbound provides qualified response to introduction of mandatory Covid testing

Airport testing UKinbound UK tourism
UKinbound, the only trade body that focusses solely on inbound tourism which represents the UK’s third largest service export earner, has been lukewarm in its response to the government announcement that all international arrivals will be required to present a negative COVID-19 test taken up to 72 hours prior to departure in order to enter the UK.

The big wheel keeps on turning: Clacton’s Pier and Pavilion vie to install new observation wheel

observation wheel Clacton
Clacton Pier and Clacton Pavilion have both entered discussions with the district council in order to site a new observation wheel in the coastal town. The pier’s Billy Ball says “Clacton must continue to aim high,” but neighbour Billy Peak believes he will deliver the premier attraction.

Understanding in despair: Grand Pier Weston faces hard times with dignity, resolve and high hopes

Grand Pier Weston hard times lockdown
The owner of the Grand Pier in Weston-super-Mare has spoken of the attraction’s hardship, as it finishes one lockdown…only to find itself back at the start of yet another one. Michelle Michael talks about the issues facing the own’s iconic centre-piece.

Last resort: Seaside footfall drops by half as government urged to act

Centre for Cities UK Coastal resorts Seaside Footfall
With footfall at UK coastal resorts dropping by almost half this autumn, the government must act fast to shore up coastal communities already suffering long-term economic neglect - or risk the £8bn delivered annually by seaside tourism to the UK economy.

APPG shines light on seaside hospitality plight

Parliament Hospitality Tourism APPG new report
The latest white paper from the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Hospitality and Tourism has underlined the importance of the UK’s devastated hospitality sector to hundreds of struggling seaside communities.

Government urges tourism sector action ahead of Brexit

Brexit Tourism sector challenge UK EU
The secretary of state for business has penned a letter to the tourism and hospitality sector, urging firms to put measures in place in order to prepare for the UK’s upcoming exit from the EU

Blackpool tops UK jobless charts, an unhappy run for the country’s leading seaside resort

Blackpool jobs hardest hit
Blackpool remains the hardest-hit job market in the country, with new government figures showing that just over 12 per cent of all adults in the resort city were out of work - as tourism and hospitality continues to suffer under the yoke of punitive lockdown and social distancing restrictions.

Lift of latest lockdown could see “surge in demand” for seaside escapes

surge demand seaside escapes end lockdown
The Huddersfield Examiner has predicted “a surge in demand for English seaside resorts” in the wake of the second lockdown, hailing Yorkshire as “the perfect post-lockdown getaway.”

December “as busy as high season” for Park Holidays

Park Holidays busy December
Park Holidays has confirmed that a number of its UK parks have reached near capacity for December, after families disappointed by the second lockdown postpone their holidays by one month.

Southend Pier to raise profile with webcam installation

Southend Pier council plans
Southend councillors have announced ambitious new plans to raise the profile of the town’s iconic pier, including 360 degree webcams, a dedicated website, and special events booking.

Alton Towers “very much hopes” for 3 December re-opening

Alton Towers look forward to reopening
The operator of Alton Towers has expressed it “very much hopes” that the latest lockdown will lift as scheduled on 3 December, with its extensive Christmas events slated to begin the day after.

Shot in the arm: Vaccine prompts hospitality shares jump

Covid vaccine hospitality share boost
The news that pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and BioNTech have developed an effective Covid vaccine saw shares in hospitality, leisure, pub and tourism firms jump by up to 52 percent on 9 November.

Haven closes English and Welsh parks for 2020

Haven closes parks England Wales
Haven has announced it is to close all of its 18 holiday parks across England and Wales for the remainder of 2020, in response to the latest lockdown..

Southend-on-Sea floats “staycation” strategy to regenerate resort

Happidrome Arcade Martin Richardson Southend-on-Sea
Councillors of the Essex resort envision an uptick in longer-term stays as a means for post-pandemic Southend to get back on its feet. But operators, notably Martin Richardson, remains uncertain that the council will turn words into action.

Southend considers HMS Belfast-like attraction for pier

Southend Pier decommissioned HMS Belfast
The deputy leader of Southend Council has stated “nothing is off limits” in plans for investing in Southend Pier, including the mooring of a decommissioned warship alongside the landmark.

“Hugely disappointing”: Blackpool turns off Illuminations

Blackpool Illuminations switch off lockdown
Blackpool Council has confirmed it will turn off the town’s iconic Illuminations for a period of four weeks as of midnight on 4 November, in line with new national lockdown restrictions.

Coping with Covid restrictions is a tall order for Blackpool’s tourism economy

Blackpool Tower SOS visitor economy hit tier 3 lockdown
Blackpool is a resort that’s synonymous with the amusements industry and the appeal of the traditional British seaside holiday. However, following its Tier 3 status operators are referring to a ‘chaos of silence’ as the once vibrant visitor economy transforms into a ghost town; one lit up in a warning red last week as Blackpool Tower signalled an SOS message from a town facing ‘irreparable damage’.

From rave to the grave: Blackpool becomes ghost town as it enters Tier Three lockdown

Blackpool tourism Tier 3 lockdown
One seaside resort surfing so many waves in such a short space of time. Last week saw Blackpool’s tide ride out to sea as the government smacked the resort down with crushing Tier 3 Covid lockdown. Coinslot reports on how the jewel of north west tourism is coping following a diktat from Westminster and a good kicking from Nicola Sturgeon.

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.