Five hotels on the hit list for Blackpool as new £500m investment plan takes shape

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A collection of five new hotels could be created in Blackpool if a new £500m tourism campaign to get the destination back on the map gets the green light.

A ‘Blackpool is Booming’ tourism pledge is to launch next week and is floating plans for the new hotels, plus a new convention centre that could help bring a huge boost to tourism in Blackpool.

The plans have stemmed from a partnership between the iconic Winter Garden’s operators and Visit Blackpool, and would an additional 700 bedrooms at four-star level or above added to Blackpool’s hotel stock.

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Three of the purpose-built hotels have already been grated planning permission, with the final two are now awaiting approval.

The new hotels are scheduled to be operational by spring 2019, alongside a new conference centre proposed for the area.

The new £25m conference and exhibition centre would be added to the Winter Garden complex

The fresh investment has been made possible by an effective private and public sector partnership in the town, involving commercial operators working closely with Blackpool Council and the Lancashire LEP to secure funding from central government to underpin most of this regeneration.

Speaking to Conference News, Alan Cavill, director of places for Blackpool Council, said: “Over the last five years both Blackpool’s public and private sectors have steadily invested hundreds of millions in improving, upgrading and refreshing the resort’s overall business tourism and leisure offer which helped us to successfully make the case to government for the new £25m conference & exhibition centre.

“This, combined with the proposals for several new high-grade hotels on our doorstep, and the massive transport improvements set to transform the town’s connectivity with the whole of the UK, means soon Blackpool will once again offer a dynamic, diverse and unique delegate experience which will be unrivalled in the UK.”

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