20th July 1999

 

SEASIDE DECLINE UNDER SPOTLIGHT

 

Why some east coast seaside resorts are suffering from declining numbers of holidaymakers will be the subject of a European funded research project by the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside.

 

The £658,000 project will explore the current trends in tourism on the North Sea coast of East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire in a bid to identify the factors which may be causing problems for local economies and the environment.

 

Over two years Tourism lecturer Adrian Bull and his colleagues will take a look at what may be behind the declining interest in some traditional seaside resorts and the conflicts which can arise between tourists and local people.

 

The research will also involve Butlins holiday centre in Skegness.

 

Documenting the history and development of seaside tourism, the project will compare different approaches internationally to planning and integrating tourism with other aspects of the community.

 

The university is working in collaboration with partner institutions and county councils in Sweden, Denmark and the Netherlands.

 

“The development of seaside resorts in England is quite different from the experience on the continent so it is interesting to compare notes and try to learn from each other’s mistakes,” said Mr Bull.

 

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