Great Yarmouth looks to Weymouth for tourism tips ahead of fact-findng visit
PUBLISHED: 10:50 19 July 2017 | UPDATED: 10:50 19 July 2017
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Tourism bosses are hoping to come home with a souvenir haul of tips and new ideas following a study visit to Weymouth.
Some fifty people involved in Great Yarmouth’s holiday scene from guest house owners to councillors and marketing officials are set to visit the south coast resort in September.
Head of tourism at Great Yarmouth Borough Council Alan Carr said the trips had been an annual feature since the first one around 15 years ago when a delegation travelled to Scheveningen in Holland and admired their beach-side bars.
Last year’s trip to Weston-super-Mare focussed on their air show experience while it was a short break in Bournemouth that gave rise to the Tourism Business Improvement District (BID) which was in progress here.
Weymouth, meanwhile, was in the process of renewing theirs, which would be interesting to see, Mr Carr added, although Yarmouth would not be renewing its BID until 2019.
He said it was always good to compare notes with other towns and share ideas particularly around how resorts develop, cope with change, and handle their social media accounts.
He stressed that everyone paid for themselves.
Previous visits have included Eastbourne, Brighton, Hastings, and Blackpool.
More about Weymouth
Weymouth is situated halfway along the Jurassic Coast, a World Heritage Site on the Dorset and east Devon coast.
Nearby Portland Harbour is home to the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, where the sailing events of the 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games were held.
The town is holding a carnival in August with a display by the Red Arrows.
Weymouth is also currently working towards its BID renewal in 2018.
The town’s population is 52,323 (2011), compared to Yarmouth 38,693.
It is the third largest settlement in Dorset after the unitary authorities of Bournemouth and Poole.