Airshow ‘boost’ for resort hoteliers

Bumper crowds at the Blackpool Air Show.
Bumper crowds at the Blackpool Air Show.
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A HOTELIER has hailed this weekend’s Blackpool Airshow as an “extra boost” for the resort.

Tens of thousands of revellers packed the Promenade on Sunday afternoon to bear witness to some aerobatic entertainment, with many packing out nearby hotels for overnight stays.

Claire Smith, president of Stay Blackpool, says the timing of the airshow could not be better for the resort’s tourist trade.

She said: “Events like this most definitely give us an extra boost to the weekend, they bring the people in.”

“When the children are off school people aren’t quite as tied to going home, so having events this on a Sunday adds value to their weekend and that’s important.”

Claire also runs the Number One St Luke’s Hotel, on St Luke’s Road, South Shore, and one of the organisers stayed with her for the duration of the event.

She said: “I liked because I got all the insider information.

“I didn’t see much of it because I had guests arriving at the time but I did see and hear the Typhoon flying by.”

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Claire also took time to praise Blackpool’s reputation as a hub for major events, noting spectacles such as The Open golf and the Olympic torch relay had led to increased revenue for the resort’s hotels over the summer.

She said: “What this summer has proved is it’s definitely events like those which bring in the public.

“I think it’s been a really good summer for Blackpool and I’m really looking forward to the Switch-On next.”

The Red Arrows, who usually perform, were unable to appear due to already being booked at a show in Russia.

However, Natalie Wyatt, managing director of Marketing Blackpool, said the show had still managed to be a success without them.

She said: “Everyone loves the Red Arrows but unfortunately they are only appearing at seven events in the whole UK this year and because of other commitments.

“But the tens of thousands of people lining the promenade are testament to the fact that once again Blackpool provided a fantastic free air show.”

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