hopeful gives upbeat prediction for Burnham's tourist trade
businesses in the Burnham-On-Sea area could enjoy a bumper summer
season as cash-strapped Brits take holidays in the UK rather to
save money, it has been claimed this week.
parliamentary candidate James Heappey made the comments during
a visit to Burnham to mark the start of English Tourism Week.
met several hardy visitors braving the chilly weather and also
talked to local traders about their hopes for the season ahead.
He visited BIARS (Burnham Information and Rescue Support), which
runs Burnham's tourist centre, where he heard about the many tourist
attractions in the area and the area's continued popularity with
visitors from Wales and the Midlands.
also called in at the Royal Clarence Hotel, now under new management,
as reported here last
week where owner Paul Chatwin said bookings are healthy.
Heappey told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Tourism is the lifeblood
for so many businesses across Somerset. People in the industry
seem hopeful that with an increasing number of Brits choosing
to save money and holiday in the UK, this year should be one of
important that politicians of all persuasions - at local and national
level - make our tourism industry a priority for their support.
I look forward to working closely with those in the industry over
the coming years to promote tourism in Somerset nationally and
Gorge and Caves are one of the many local tourist attractions
participating in English Tourism Week, offering Somerset residents
a 50% discount on entry this week.