Lancashire feels benefits of tourism boost

Clitheroe Food Fair

Clitheroe Food Fair

First published in News Burnley and Pendle Citizen: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

TOURISM in the county is on the up with around 63million people visiting the area last year.

Marketing Lancashire said an extra one million people came to the county, while revenue generated by visitors also jumped by 4.4 per cent to £3.5billion.

Among the events attracting visitors was the 400th anniversary of the Lancashire Witch Trials, Clitheroe Food Festival and Brockholes Nature Reserve, in Samlesbury.

The tourism industry supports 56,137 full-time jobs in Lancashire, a rise of 2.4 per cent on the previous year.

In Blackburn with Darwen, 3.9million people visited the borough, an increase of 7.2 per cent with 2,195 full-time jobs being supported by the tourism industry, up by 7.7 per cent.

Some 1.8million people visited Hyndburn last year, an increase of 1.2 per cent, with 1,018 full-time jobs, up by 2.8 per cent. Burnley saw 2.4million visitors, up 1.5 per cent, and 1,426 full-time jobs, up by 3.8 per cent.

Pendle saw a one per cent rise to 2.5million while Rossendale had 1.2million visitors, up by 1.4 per cent.

In the Ribble Valley, visitor numbers rose 1.6 per cent to 3.6million.

Ruth Connor, Marketing Lancashire chief executive, said: “With a push to raise the profile of the county and increased pride in our heritage and unique ‘Lancastrian’ assets, we can make Lancashire the north west destination of choice.”

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8:31pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Copperhead says...

I can't understand why anyone would consider this part of the world as a " tourist destination ".
It's a sh*thole.
Low grade housing, low-grade jobs, low grade people.
Too many immigrants destroying what little character this place ever had.
Sh*te weather.
I can only imagine it has appeal to the sort of people who like to stop and look at car accidents.
I've lived here all my life and wish I had been blessed with the skills and abilities - and a chance - to get out.
If the world had piles, then this part of the world is where they would be.
Why do folk come here ?
Have they nothing better to do ??????
I can't understand why anyone would consider this part of the world as a " tourist destination ". It's a sh*thole. Low grade housing, low-grade jobs, low grade people. Too many immigrants destroying what little character this place ever had. Sh*te weather. I can only imagine it has appeal to the sort of people who like to stop and look at car accidents. I've lived here all my life and wish I had been blessed with the skills and abilities - and a chance - to get out. If the world had piles, then this part of the world is where they would be. Why do folk come here ? Have they nothing better to do ?????? Copperhead
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9:36pm Wed 6 Aug 14

greenscreener says...

Copperhead wrote:
I can't understand why anyone would consider this part of the world as a " tourist destination ".
It's a sh*thole.
Low grade housing, low-grade jobs, low grade people.
Too many immigrants destroying what little character this place ever had.
Sh*te weather.
I can only imagine it has appeal to the sort of people who like to stop and look at car accidents.
I've lived here all my life and wish I had been blessed with the skills and abilities - and a chance - to get out.
If the world had piles, then this part of the world is where they would be.
Why do folk come here ?
Have they nothing better to do ??????
Maybe they are attracted by the cheerful locals like you ?
[quote][p][bold]Copperhead[/bold] wrote: I can't understand why anyone would consider this part of the world as a " tourist destination ". It's a sh*thole. Low grade housing, low-grade jobs, low grade people. Too many immigrants destroying what little character this place ever had. Sh*te weather. I can only imagine it has appeal to the sort of people who like to stop and look at car accidents. I've lived here all my life and wish I had been blessed with the skills and abilities - and a chance - to get out. If the world had piles, then this part of the world is where they would be. Why do folk come here ? Have they nothing better to do ??????[/p][/quote]Maybe they are attracted by the cheerful locals like you ? greenscreener
  • Score: 12

12:16am Thu 7 Aug 14

glossopkid says...

Copperhead wrote:
I can't understand why anyone would consider this part of the world as a " tourist destination ".
It's a sh*thole.
Low grade housing, low-grade jobs, low grade people.
Too many immigrants destroying what little character this place ever had.
Sh*te weather.
I can only imagine it has appeal to the sort of people who like to stop and look at car accidents.
I've lived here all my life and wish I had been blessed with the skills and abilities - and a chance - to get out.
If the world had piles, then this part of the world is where they would be.
Why do folk come here ?
Have they nothing better to do ??????
If it's that bad for you , bugger off some where else. I for one am proud to be living here!
[quote][p][bold]Copperhead[/bold] wrote: I can't understand why anyone would consider this part of the world as a " tourist destination ". It's a sh*thole. Low grade housing, low-grade jobs, low grade people. Too many immigrants destroying what little character this place ever had. Sh*te weather. I can only imagine it has appeal to the sort of people who like to stop and look at car accidents. I've lived here all my life and wish I had been blessed with the skills and abilities - and a chance - to get out. If the world had piles, then this part of the world is where they would be. Why do folk come here ? Have they nothing better to do ??????[/p][/quote]If it's that bad for you , bugger off some where else. I for one am proud to be living here! glossopkid
  • Score: 12

1:26am Thu 7 Aug 14

ossym says...

3.9 million a year BWD/ thats over 10,000 a day, every day!

Are they counting people on the M65 passing through?
3.9 million a year BWD/ thats over 10,000 a day, every day! Are they counting people on the M65 passing through? ossym
  • Score: 12

8:41am Thu 7 Aug 14

rudis_dad says...

Copperhead wrote:
I can't understand why anyone would consider this part of the world as a " tourist destination ".
It's a sh*thole.
Low grade housing, low-grade jobs, low grade people.
Too many immigrants destroying what little character this place ever had.
Sh*te weather.
I can only imagine it has appeal to the sort of people who like to stop and look at car accidents.
I've lived here all my life and wish I had been blessed with the skills and abilities - and a chance - to get out.
If the world had piles, then this part of the world is where they would be.
Why do folk come here ?
Have they nothing better to do ??????
What an absolute knob. In case you hadn't noticed, this year has been one of the warmest we've had in a while with little rain, and temperatures well above average since the start of January. And not everywhere in East Lancashire is urban - ever been to the Ribble Valley, Pendle or the South Pennines? I very much doubt it! Sounds like you've never been beyond the end of your street, you plank! Low grade jobs? We have some of the country's, if not the world's leading employers in East Lancashire - BAE Systems, Safran-Aircelle, Rolls Royce, Veka, TRW, want me to go on?

It's precisely because of pessimistic no-marks like you that East Lancashire has struggled in the past, but like the ugly duckling we're starting to come good despite the Whinging Walters. I've lived in Burnley for 42 years and whilst it isn't perfect by a long shot it's a damned sight better than it used to be. Long may it continue.
[quote][p][bold]Copperhead[/bold] wrote: I can't understand why anyone would consider this part of the world as a " tourist destination ". It's a sh*thole. Low grade housing, low-grade jobs, low grade people. Too many immigrants destroying what little character this place ever had. Sh*te weather. I can only imagine it has appeal to the sort of people who like to stop and look at car accidents. I've lived here all my life and wish I had been blessed with the skills and abilities - and a chance - to get out. If the world had piles, then this part of the world is where they would be. Why do folk come here ? Have they nothing better to do ??????[/p][/quote]What an absolute knob. In case you hadn't noticed, this year has been one of the warmest we've had in a while with little rain, and temperatures well above average since the start of January. And not everywhere in East Lancashire is urban - ever been to the Ribble Valley, Pendle or the South Pennines? I very much doubt it! Sounds like you've never been beyond the end of your street, you plank! Low grade jobs? We have some of the country's, if not the world's leading employers in East Lancashire - BAE Systems, Safran-Aircelle, Rolls Royce, Veka, TRW, want me to go on? It's precisely because of pessimistic no-marks like you that East Lancashire has struggled in the past, but like the ugly duckling we're starting to come good despite the Whinging Walters. I've lived in Burnley for 42 years and whilst it isn't perfect by a long shot it's a damned sight better than it used to be. Long may it continue. rudis_dad
  • Score: 2

9:23am Thu 7 Aug 14

zabby says...

rudis_dad wrote:
Copperhead wrote:
I can't understand why anyone would consider this part of the world as a " tourist destination ".
It's a sh*thole.
Low grade housing, low-grade jobs, low grade people.
Too many immigrants destroying what little character this place ever had.
Sh*te weather.
I can only imagine it has appeal to the sort of people who like to stop and look at car accidents.
I've lived here all my life and wish I had been blessed with the skills and abilities - and a chance - to get out.
If the world had piles, then this part of the world is where they would be.
Why do folk come here ?
Have they nothing better to do ??????
What an absolute knob. In case you hadn't noticed, this year has been one of the warmest we've had in a while with little rain, and temperatures well above average since the start of January. And not everywhere in East Lancashire is urban - ever been to the Ribble Valley, Pendle or the South Pennines? I very much doubt it! Sounds like you've never been beyond the end of your street, you plank! Low grade jobs? We have some of the country's, if not the world's leading employers in East Lancashire - BAE Systems, Safran-Aircelle, Rolls Royce, Veka, TRW, want me to go on?

It's precisely because of pessimistic no-marks like you that East Lancashire has struggled in the past, but like the ugly duckling we're starting to come good despite the Whinging Walters. I've lived in Burnley for 42 years and whilst it isn't perfect by a long shot it's a damned sight better than it used to be. Long may it continue.
You say burnley is better than it used to be,don't know how you come to that conclusion ,as for jobs yes them few good firms are here,but many have gone such as Michelin and many more,most jobs in burnley are minimum wage non contract jobs ,no good to anyone .i remember the burnley when kids could play out from dusk till dawn without a care in the world,I remember a burnley without grooming gangs,I remember burnley with good schools,I remember burnley without heroin dealing gangs,I remember burnley without election fraudsters ???better burnley??.
[quote][p][bold]rudis_dad[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Copperhead[/bold] wrote: I can't understand why anyone would consider this part of the world as a " tourist destination ". It's a sh*thole. Low grade housing, low-grade jobs, low grade people. Too many immigrants destroying what little character this place ever had. Sh*te weather. I can only imagine it has appeal to the sort of people who like to stop and look at car accidents. I've lived here all my life and wish I had been blessed with the skills and abilities - and a chance - to get out. If the world had piles, then this part of the world is where they would be. Why do folk come here ? Have they nothing better to do ??????[/p][/quote]What an absolute knob. In case you hadn't noticed, this year has been one of the warmest we've had in a while with little rain, and temperatures well above average since the start of January. And not everywhere in East Lancashire is urban - ever been to the Ribble Valley, Pendle or the South Pennines? I very much doubt it! Sounds like you've never been beyond the end of your street, you plank! Low grade jobs? We have some of the country's, if not the world's leading employers in East Lancashire - BAE Systems, Safran-Aircelle, Rolls Royce, Veka, TRW, want me to go on? It's precisely because of pessimistic no-marks like you that East Lancashire has struggled in the past, but like the ugly duckling we're starting to come good despite the Whinging Walters. I've lived in Burnley for 42 years and whilst it isn't perfect by a long shot it's a damned sight better than it used to be. Long may it continue.[/p][/quote]You say burnley is better than it used to be,don't know how you come to that conclusion ,as for jobs yes them few good firms are here,but many have gone such as Michelin and many more,most jobs in burnley are minimum wage non contract jobs ,no good to anyone .i remember the burnley when kids could play out from dusk till dawn without a care in the world,I remember a burnley without grooming gangs,I remember burnley with good schools,I remember burnley without heroin dealing gangs,I remember burnley without election fraudsters ???better burnley??. zabby
  • Score: 1

12:39pm Thu 7 Aug 14

zabby says...

zabby wrote:
rudis_dad wrote:
Copperhead wrote:
I can't understand why anyone would consider this part of the world as a " tourist destination ".
It's a sh*thole.
Low grade housing, low-grade jobs, low grade people.
Too many immigrants destroying what little character this place ever had.
Sh*te weather.
I can only imagine it has appeal to the sort of people who like to stop and look at car accidents.
I've lived here all my life and wish I had been blessed with the skills and abilities - and a chance - to get out.
If the world had piles, then this part of the world is where they would be.
Why do folk come here ?
Have they nothing better to do ??????
What an absolute knob. In case you hadn't noticed, this year has been one of the warmest we've had in a while with little rain, and temperatures well above average since the start of January. And not everywhere in East Lancashire is urban - ever been to the Ribble Valley, Pendle or the South Pennines? I very much doubt it! Sounds like you've never been beyond the end of your street, you plank! Low grade jobs? We have some of the country's, if not the world's leading employers in East Lancashire - BAE Systems, Safran-Aircelle, Rolls Royce, Veka, TRW, want me to go on?

It's precisely because of pessimistic no-marks like you that East Lancashire has struggled in the past, but like the ugly duckling we're starting to come good despite the Whinging Walters. I've lived in Burnley for 42 years and whilst it isn't perfect by a long shot it's a damned sight better than it used to be. Long may it continue.
You say burnley is better than it used to be,don't know how you come to that conclusion ,as for jobs yes them few good firms are here,but many have gone such as Michelin and many more,most jobs in burnley are minimum wage non contract jobs ,no good to anyone .i remember the burnley when kids could play out from dusk till dawn without a care in the world,I remember a burnley without grooming gangs,I remember burnley with good schools,I remember burnley without heroin dealing gangs,I remember burnley without election fraudsters ???better burnley??.
Burnley also has the highest percentage of underage pregnancies in the uk,which will create more single parents living on benefits,
[quote][p][bold]zabby[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rudis_dad[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Copperhead[/bold] wrote: I can't understand why anyone would consider this part of the world as a " tourist destination ". It's a sh*thole. Low grade housing, low-grade jobs, low grade people. Too many immigrants destroying what little character this place ever had. Sh*te weather. I can only imagine it has appeal to the sort of people who like to stop and look at car accidents. I've lived here all my life and wish I had been blessed with the skills and abilities - and a chance - to get out. If the world had piles, then this part of the world is where they would be. Why do folk come here ? Have they nothing better to do ??????[/p][/quote]What an absolute knob. In case you hadn't noticed, this year has been one of the warmest we've had in a while with little rain, and temperatures well above average since the start of January. And not everywhere in East Lancashire is urban - ever been to the Ribble Valley, Pendle or the South Pennines? I very much doubt it! Sounds like you've never been beyond the end of your street, you plank! Low grade jobs? We have some of the country's, if not the world's leading employers in East Lancashire - BAE Systems, Safran-Aircelle, Rolls Royce, Veka, TRW, want me to go on? It's precisely because of pessimistic no-marks like you that East Lancashire has struggled in the past, but like the ugly duckling we're starting to come good despite the Whinging Walters. I've lived in Burnley for 42 years and whilst it isn't perfect by a long shot it's a damned sight better than it used to be. Long may it continue.[/p][/quote]You say burnley is better than it used to be,don't know how you come to that conclusion ,as for jobs yes them few good firms are here,but many have gone such as Michelin and many more,most jobs in burnley are minimum wage non contract jobs ,no good to anyone .i remember the burnley when kids could play out from dusk till dawn without a care in the world,I remember a burnley without grooming gangs,I remember burnley with good schools,I remember burnley without heroin dealing gangs,I remember burnley without election fraudsters ???better burnley??.[/p][/quote]Burnley also has the highest percentage of underage pregnancies in the uk,which will create more single parents living on benefits, zabby
  • Score: 0

1:00pm Thu 7 Aug 14

zabby says...

There's plenty of national health tourists around here,oh don't forget the benefit tourists from abroad,real assets to society
There's plenty of national health tourists around here,oh don't forget the benefit tourists from abroad,real assets to society zabby
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