Conferences give boost to tourism

Pictured (left to right) Mandy Tythe-McCallum (Lancashire & Blackpool Conferences & Meetings), Mike Wilkinson, Chief Executive of Lancashire and Blackpool Tourist Board (LBTB), and Craig Bancroft outside Northcote at the launch of the Ambassadors scheme.

Pictured (left to right) Mandy Tythe-McCallum (Lancashire & Blackpool Conferences & Meetings), Mike Wilkinson, Chief Executive of Lancashire and Blackpool Tourist Board (LBTB), and Craig Bancroft outside Northcote at the launch of the Ambassadors scheme.

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BLACKPOOL’S tourism industry has been boosted by four top conferences in the past few weeks.

This week, around 1,500 of the country’s most vocal and politically-active pensioners assembled in the resort for the annual national Pensioner’s Parliament.

And in recent weeks, 4,000 young farmers, 6,000 fitness enthusiasts, and thousands of ballroom dancers have flocked to the resort’s conference venues.

Mandy Tythe-McCallum (pictured) business tourism manager at visitBlackpool, said: “In March the International Fitness Showcase rolled into town and last month we welcomed young farmers.

“The fact we can also accommodate 1,500 pensioners and give them a great venue, high-quality accommodation and the right amenities clearly demonstrates that we are a highly adaptable resort that can meet the needs of every type of gathering”.

Coun Graham Cain, portfolio holder for tourism and culture in Blackpool, added: “Over the past three months Blackpool has hosted a string of national conferences that have successfully demonstrated how the Winter Gardens can adapt to meet event organiser and business tourism needs.

Blackpool Council’s investment in the restoration of this prized building is already paying dividends.”

Mick Grewcock, owner of Queens Mansions, Burbage Lodge and other holiday accommodation in the town, said: “I don’t think the people living in Blackpool realise that when we had Strictly Come Dancing here, it became every dancer’s ambition to get to Blackpool.

“The conferences are getting better and the Winter Gardens are looking awesome.”