Meeting members in Blackpool

For a day out of the office catching up with members, I couldn’t have picked a better, the resort looked amazing in the sun and the place was buzzing with families. My day started with a catch up with Claire and Mark Smith at Number One St Lukes and having a tour of their beautiful award winning guest accommodation. Claire told us about her involvement with the Tourism Alliance and how she represents micro-businesses on the alliance.

Tim (our Business Development Manager in Blackpool) and I headed into the town centre to visit the Ruskin, a mainstay of Blackpool’s hotel offer for years, with over 70 bedrooms and 50 staff, the Ruskin is a different operation to the many owner operated accommodation providers I visit in Blackpool. After spending some time looking at the recently renovated rooms in the Ruskin we walked back to the car stopping to check out the arches being installed in Birley Street, apparently lights, smoke and sound are going to encase visitor’s walking under the arches.

We then went up to Coast Apartments and spoke to Steve about his plans for a 3rd apartment. Coast apartments have just received confirmation that they are to receive monies from the Invest in the Best Scheme (supported by the Lancashire and Blackpool Tourist Board and Blackpool Council), unfortunately all those funds have now been allocated but we are very excited about all of the new developments that have now become possible with through that fund.

The highlight of the day was the launch of the new Langtry’s guest accommodation in King Edward Avenue.  The guest accommodation, which is to be featured on Channel 5’s Hotel Inspector (later this month), looked the part and having received 5 stars and a silver award in its recent grading clearly set and achieved high standards. Those attending the event included Lesley Lloyd the chair of Lancashire and Blackpool Tourist Board, who was  impressed with the focus on local produce that Langtry’s had adopted. The local focus ran from Mrs Kirkham Cheese and Goosnargh Duck, by Kwizeen Restaurant to over 90% of the fixtures and fittings being sourced in Lancashire. We wish Julie and David all the success and we really like those forgot me boxes!

Zoe Viney