‘Early signs point to a good season’ - council

The Irish entry in the World Championship Fireworks, Blackpool.

The Irish entry in the World Championship Fireworks, Blackpool.

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Early signs of visitor numbers for the summer season in Blackpool show a “significant increase” in the number of people visiting the resort.

That’s the claim made in a report to be presented today by Coun Graham Cain, Blackpool Council cabinet member for tourism and culture, who says indicators come from the number of people using the town’s car parks, trams and inbound trains.

He said: “Naturally, we use indicators to give us an idea about how well a season is doing in terms of visitors coming in to Blackpool.

“Compared to last year, at peak holiday periods, we have seen more people using the tramway, increased footfall on the Promenade and more people using the visitor car parks.

“These indicators are exactly that, and are used to give us a rough idea of visitor trends. The official Omnibus survey that is currently being undertaken will give us a much clearer picture of how Blackpool has fared across the entire season stretching from May to August.”

In the run up to the autumn season, visitors have enjoyed a two-day air show, the Illuminations and the first two of four firework events.