Blaming Weston's declining tourism figures on weather is 'rubbish'
PUBLISHED: 17:00 10 October 2017
Almost 200,000 fewer people visited Weston this summer than in 2016, with inclement weather to blame according to the town centre manager.
Weston’s tourism trade suffered as tens of thousands fewer people visited the town centre and seafront from June to August.
Town centre manager Steve Townsend believes the town has a ‘reliance on brilliant weather’, but that could change when flagship projects like Dolphin Square leisure complex are completed.
More than 2.5 million people visited Weston from June to August 2016, but that number plummeted by almost 178,000 during the same period this year.
Mr Townsend said the ‘dreadful’ weather this summer is to blame for the plunge in visitors to Weston.
Many people took to social media to share their view.
Marc Right commented: “Blaming the weather is rubbish. Blame all the empty shops, people sleeping in doorways, charity collectors in the High Street.
“Weston’s just not a nice place to go these days. If you want to encourage tourism you could encourage and advertise some cultural events.
“There’s fantastic street art and great photographers. Put on some decent events.”
Tony Dawson wrote: “A visit to Weston in the summer months these days usually involves four or five hours sat on the gridlocked M5, then another hour trying to park without being relieved of more money than it costs for an entire family day out elsewhere in the country.”
Andrew Varney said: “We need an all-weather facility on the seafront that would attract people all year round.
“Say, for example, a giant swimming pool with a wave machine and water slides. We could call it something like, oh, I don’t know, the Tropicana?”
Pete Maynard commented: “They blame the weather when really it’s because Weston has declined and looks shabby with so many empty shops and bins overfilling with rubbish.
“Maybe the council need to spend some money on a good clean up and get Weston back to what it used to be – clean, tidy and pleasurable.”
Jo Hughes wrote: “Cleaning the streets would be a good start. Weston is filthy.”