Bid to attract more tourists

Lady Dulcie Atkins at Wyre Lane.
Lady Dulcie Atkins at Wyre Lane.
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A TOURISM group set up to boost the number of visitors in Wyre has called for the council to work closely with traders.

People can currently access information on towns in the area through tourist information centres in Cleveleys, Garstang and Fleetwood.

But Wyre’s Tourism Task Group has called for vast changes to be made to the current system in a report, which involves the help of local businesses and websites.

Coun Lady Dulcie Atkins, chairman of the group, said: “We hope the changes will bring more people into Wyre because that would be a boost for jobs and the tourism industry.”

The group’s report will be debated by the authority’s overview and scrutiny committee.

Jane Littlewood, of Visit Cleveleys, runs a group of websites which detail events throughout the Fylde coast.

She said: “I’m always open to working in partnership with anybody, whether it’s the council or another business, because you can do a lot by sharing resources.

“When I went on holiday as a child we would stay in the same place for a week, but people don’t do that now, they want to be entertained when they’re away.”

The task group has also recommended Cleveleys Tourist Information Centre is closed down to allow information points to open up in other parts of the town.

They claim all tourist information will be available through smartphones in the next five to eight years, and have proposed to reduce the amount of money put into the centres for maintenance.

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