Making Sure Seaside Doesn't Stagnate
04 October 2006
Some of our seaside towns have a rotten reputation for rowdiness - while others are tarred with the tired old tag of deck chairs, candy floss, donkeys and kiss-me-quick hats.
So how do we ensure that our lively resorts stay bubbly but safe and revamp the image of our family friendly coastal communities so that they can compete with their continental counterparts?
These are just some of the questions that council, tourism and regeneration chiefs will be debating at a conference in Brighton on 6th and 7th November. Called 'The Coast - Looking to the future' - speakers at the national gathering include Government Ministers and organisations as diverse as the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Association) and accident prevention group, ROSPA.
The event also includes a night-time tour of Brighton - where the police and council will demonstrate how they deal with yobbish behaviour after dark.
"There has been a significant rise in interest in Britain as a tourist destination, especially with the advent of international events such as the Olympics 2012 and Liverpool being European Capital of Culture" said Alan Woods, Chief Executive of ENCAMS. "Coastal towns need to capitalise on this increased profile and look at how they market themselves so that they gain that competitive edge and attract visitors from all over the globe."
To register for the conference, simply complete the booking form click here
A little added incentive
ENCAMS has coordinated the Blue Flag awards - which reward those beaches that have passed the toughest criteria on facilities and cleanliness of water and sand - since 1987.
To celebrate this, ENCAMS will give a 1970's retro tee-shirt (as modelled by everyone from the Bee Gees to Jennifer Ellison) to the 19th delegate to register for our conference.