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Published on Thursday, June 8, 2017


Blackpool is trying to reclaim its position as the UK’s premiere conference and events destination after millions of pounds of private and public investment was pumped into new facilities, upgraded accommodation, improved infrastructure and better transport links.

A new Blackpool is Booming tourism campaign will be launched at The Meeting Show at London’s Olympia, taking place from June 13 to 15.

At the heart of the new campaign will be a proposed new £25 million Blackpool Conference & Exhibition Centre, which was announced in a speech by Prime Minister Theresa May earlier this year.

Being developed as an extension to the world-famous Winter Gardens, the new state-of-the-art 6,150 square metre conference space will be able to host an additional 2,000 people, bringing the total Winter Gardens’ capacity to over 7,000.

Due to be operational by spring 2019, the conference centre’s opening will coincide with the arrival of three new purpose-built hotels within the resort which have already been granted planning, with two additional new hotels currently awaiting final approval.

If all five hotels are successfully developed this will add an additional 700 rooms of 4-star or above to Blackpool’s existing hotel stock, including 156 rooms adjacent to the new Winter Gardens development.

Another transformational element, which will be highlighted in the campaign, will be the forthcoming electrification of the Blackpool to Preston rail line, due to be completed next May.

This will result in an increase in the number of direct services to Blackpool from London and other major towns and cities across the UK.

Simultaneously Blackpool is set to get a new tram interchange at Blackpool North Station, which will result in the resort’s Promenade tramway system linking to the main rail network.

This means that for the very first time, visitors from across the country will be able to travel directly to Blackpool by…

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