backing given to new Burnham project to attract coach visitors
50 business owners and residents attended a meeting in Burnham-On-Sea
last night (Monday) to give their support to a new project that
aims to encourage more coach visitors into the town.
new scheme is being jointly run by Burnham Chamber of Trade and
BIARS (Burnham Information And Rescue Support), which runs the
town's tourist information centre, and Burnham and Highbridge
aims to bring 1,000 coaches a year into Burnham, once it starts,
generating a projected annual benefit to the economy of around
£100,000 to help the viability of existing businesses and
support jobs in the town centre.
Barber, who is leading the new scheme, told last night's meeting
in the town's Ritz Social Club: "This is a golden opportunity
for everyone to work together to put the buzz back into Burnham.
We want the coach drivers and passengers to know that they are
warmly welcome here, and we also look forward to working together
with our neighbours in Brean and Berrow to promote local coach
Mayor Cllr Michael Clarke, who was one of several town councillors
who attended Monday's meeting, said afterwards: "I'm delighted
to see everyone working together to take get this project underway
- I look forward to seeing it further developed in coming months.
It has got off to a very positive start."
Turco, Vice Chairman of Burnham Chamber of Trade, said: "I'm
thrilled that we have had such a positive start for our new coach
project. The Chamber is looking forward to further progressing
the scheme and encouraging as much engagement from Burnham's business
community as possible."
Ashton, Chairman at BIARS, added: "I am delighted that BIARS
will continue to be a key partner in the coach project and we
look to another busy few years ahead with coaches coming back
new project was awarded £2,000 of grant funding in July
from the Town Council. Other funding has been applied for from
the Hinkley Tourism Action Partnership (HTAP), along with expected
support from local businesses.
raffle during Monday's event raised £140 for the project
and there were also several pledges of financial support for the
scheme from town businesses.
launch comes after Burnham's original 'Project Coach', a scheme
three years ago to encourage coach companies to visit Burnham,
ran out of funding earlier this year. It
was hailed a big success after winning the coveted title of 'Coach
Friendly Destination of the Year' for Burnham at the 2016 National
Coach Tourism Awards.