Coastal towns are facing a number of challenges to maintain or regain the importance of their tourism and visitor economy. Some common issues include physical isolation, declining town centres and seasonality of the seaside economy. In many areas there have also been issues with ageing and transient populations as well as relatively high levels of deprivation. Furthermore environmental factors such as climate change and coastal erosion are impacting on new development opportunities as well as the security of existing facilities.
Appropriate tourism development can play a key role in creating a sustainable coastal economy. A number of destinations have used small scale interventions such as the East Beach Cafe in Littlehampton or the ‘Another Place’ Antony Gormley sculptures in Crosby. Both of these examples have had a significant positive impact in terms of an upwards shift in the tourism profile and attracting new visitors.
Some of the clients we have worked with include:
- Bristol Port Company
- Chichester District Council
- Havant Borough Council
- Hartlepool Council
- Tendring Council
- Thanet District Council
- Tourism South East
- Vale of Glamorgan Council
- Whitby Town Council
- Welsh Government
- North Somerset District Council
Find out more about our coastal tourism and coastal regeneration projects here and other projects here.
Our clients have been appreciative of our work: “The Hartlepool STEM feasibility study has provided a robust foundation and direction of travel to develop the project. We were delighted with the hands-on approach and commitment of the team to deliver a quality feasibility study and business plan. We would have no hesitation in using the company to support future regeneration activities within the borough.” Andy Golightly, Hartlepool Borough Council