Tourism boost forecast after major drive

More people could be visiting the historic Ayscoughfee Hall in Spalding if plans to boost tourism are successful. ANL-150113-162527001
More people could be visiting the historic Ayscoughfee Hall in Spalding if plans to boost tourism are successful. ANL-150113-162527001
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Steps are being taken to make 2015 the year Spalding is put firmly on the map for shopping and leisure.

Thousands of copies of the latest Visit Spalding tourism guide will soon be hot off the press and ready to attract new visitors to the area.

More plans are also being finalised over the next few weeks to improve tourism for the whole district.

Dennis Norton, vice-president of Spalding and District Area Chamber which helped produce the guide, said: “We will be inviting tourism group members to a launch meeting in the spring to outline plans to improve the visitor economy both locally, and as part of the wider South Lincolnshire, Wash and Fens region.

“The guide has been produced with the support of the Spalding and District Area of the Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with many accommodation and attractions advertisers that have taken space in the guide.

“Dennis Hannant, town centre manager, will also be working with the main stakeholders – SHDC, Chamber and town businesses – on ideas and initiatives to improve visitor numbers and footfall into the town.

“Hopefully, all these changes will help ensure that local attractions, pubs, restaurants, accommodation providers, retail shops and night economy businesses start to see some improvements in 2015, with more visitors to the area and more residents making use of the excellent leisure, entertainment and eating-out facilities available in the area.”

Local businesses are being encouraged to attend a Transforming Tourism conference at Lincolnshire Showground next month.

If you are interested in attending the event in the Epic Centre on Wednesday, February 11, email emily.foreman@lincs-chamber.co.uk or call 01522 523333.