The Eden Project in Cornwall has recorded a drop in visitor numbers of nearly 20% and this sends a clear message to all other tourist destinations including Brighton & Hove.
It is always difficult to pinpoint why visitor numbers to an attraction declines but for a while the £86m project near St Austell was the dream destination for tourists bringing much needed income to a largely depressed local economy but the fact that its visitor numbers can decline so markedly shows how precarious tourism really is.
Successful tourism requires close attention to the detail on many elements not least of which quality of the built environment and transport.
Seaside resorts like Brighton & Hove rely heavily in luring tourists but it is interesting to note that Hastings has pinned its hopes on knowledge for the revitalisation of its economy hoping that the new university will regenerate the town.
Brighton & Hove is fortunate because, with two excellent universities, it too has the potential to develop a knowledge-based economy and the Brighton & Hove Economic Partnership is working with other stakeholders to foster the development of other clusters like new media and creative industries to spread the economic load.
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