More than 200 tourism leaders and operators from across Great Yarmouth gathered at the town hall yesterday for a celebration lunch and awards ceremony.

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The annual event, staged by the Greater Yarmouth Tourist Authority, culminated in the presentation of a lifetime achievement award to Jean Linday, who started up what has become the multi-award winning Clippesby Hall holiday park near Acle in the early 1960s.

Top contribution to tourism awards went to the council’s retiring managing-director Richard Packham, the railway stations’s welcome hosts who greet visitors to the town and Seachange Arts, in recognition of the charity’s successful staging of the annual Out There festival.

The tourist authority’s new chairman, Michael Jeal, opened the event by reminding everyone of the economic importance of tourism which provides nearly one-third of the borough’s jobs.

He said: “The tourism sector is one of the few sectors active in every part of the country and across our great borough. It is a major employer of school leavers and young people.

“It brings more than £500m annually into the local economy and supports thousands of businesses. We are proud to celebrate our local tourism industry.”

Tourism officer Alan Carr highlighted the array of events already planned for the season ahead from a visit by the national beach volleyball tour and soccer on the sands to a new beach pop concert at the end of June and the ever popular Maritime Festival.

“For the 12th year we will have Wednesday night fireworks, a free event which brought six out of our 10 busiest days last season,” he said.

Investment in tourism awards went to Palmers department store (milestone award); Sara’s Tearooms (training); Merivon and The Fjaerland guesthouses (quality and service); Haven Caister holiday park; Peers Premier Apartments, Caister; St George’s Theatre.

Visitor experience awards judged by holidaymakers went to: tearoom of the year, JJ’s at Gorleston; self-catering business of the year, Hadleigh holiday suites; holiday park of the year, Haven Seashore; attraction of the year, Wellington Bowl; guest accommodation of the year, The Winchester; Hotel of the Year, Burlington Palm Hotel.

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  • A holiday maker last June on GY seafront ask me what is there to do in the evenings ... Well I said in May, June and July there is nothing but amusement arcades and Wellington pier bowling after 6 pm.. And the cinema... What no shows .. No I said only the 6 weeks while the children are on holiday... Is there daily shows... ... Does Blackpool only have a min 6 week season...? How GY brings in 500 million is hard to believe...

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    Lionel

    Friday, March 22, 2013

  • Great Yarmouth with its head in the sands again. I agree that all of the facilities and organisations are worthy of praise. Sara's tearooms and Palmers are shining lights in Yarmouth and Fjaerland always looks pristine and attractive when I drive past . But to award anything to anything connected with the railway station is an insult to the people who use it. GY once had through trains from some destinations, trains with enough carriages, a station manned till late at night etc. Now only the platforms are open all hours-the facilities and ticket office hours are limited, there are signs telling us ( in so many words) not to expect a seat at busy times and to expect to queue. There are no regular buses passing anywhere near the station no attempt at a bus service serving the trains-but it is a long walk,certainly half a mile, to the bus station.The alternatives, GY taxis, are relatively expensive and there is a complete inadequacy of secure long term car parking for train passengers. Whilst drivers may use a nearby car park the walking route is via an underpass ,not nice at night for anyone alone really. The tourist authority could have pursued all these matters with the train operator, but GYBC could have made sure there was car parking when giving planning permission to Asda. Once again the sort of people who sit on councils can't see or don't want to see what working people and businesses need to make life easier.Commuters and leisure users who would like to use the train, need to be able to drive to the station and know they will always be able to find a parking space.

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    Daisy Roots

    Friday, March 22, 2013

  • "Once again the sort of people who sit on councils can't see or don't want to see what working people and businesses need to make life easier" Exactly Daisy. They are all wrapped up in their own self importance. >> Can Jeal prove that tourism brings in £500m per year ?.

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    "V"

    Friday, March 22, 2013

  • "...which provides nearly one-third of the borough’s jobs." Should read:- "...of the boroughs long hour, low paid, slave labour jobs". >>> “It brings more than £500m annually into the local economy....." Prove it Jeal !

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    "V"

    Friday, March 22, 2013

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