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Can Weston attract more tourists from abroad?

PUBLISHED: 11:00 04 March 2018

Crowds on Weston seafront.

Crowds on Weston seafront.


North Somerset Council’s plan to lure more tourists to Weston-super-Mare from abroad will not materialise, according to social media users.

The council hopes to attract more foreign visitors, telling tourism bosses at a leisure and tourism conference in Clevedon in January it is a key pillar of its new economic vision.

Stephen Bashford, North Somerset’s head of economic development, said ‘one of the themes of the council’s recently-refreshed economic plan is to position North Somerset on an international stage to increase volume and value of visitor spend’.

He added: “We see culture as a key driver of economic growth.

“We want to promote the region’s diverse culture and encourage more national and international visitors, initially focusing on Germany and Scandinavia.”

But can Weston attract visitors from aboard? Many people took to social media to share their view.

Bob Villefin wrote: “There is nothing of real historical significance in Weston, and visitors, particularly from Germany and Scandinavia, would find the town dirty and shabby.

Brian John Webber commented: “The Tropicana needs to be redeveloped into a pool for the summer season with a roof and ability to turn into a concert venue.

“We must find a way to attract a better quality of retailer to Weston – both large and specialist boutique. There should be more for visitors to see and do, apart from the pier and Puxton Park there’s nothing.”

Marc Right wrote: “We have rehab clinics, old people’s homes, drunks fighting in the streets on the weekends, picturesque ghettos of homeless people, and more empty shops than open ones. Why wouldn’t people from all over the world want flock to Weston?”

Matthew Duncan said: “I think the seafront area and the new restaurant areas are developing nicely. Weston is a lovely area to live so I am surprised by so many negative comments, but we live in an era of un-appreciation of what we have.”

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