Friday, December 20, 2013
THE number of tourists who visited Sidmouth in the summer looks to be 'slightly up' on last year, despite a slow start to the season. Sidmouth Information Centre manager Jeff Bailey told town councillors that cold weather initially meant for a slow showing when it came to holidaymakers.
Accommodation providers reported poor figures up until early June - when the sunshine brought with it a welcome boost. A new people counter at the centre in ham Lane clocked a summer peak of 1.629 visitors in the first week of August - during Folk Week. The next two weeks were more than 1,600
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And this is after a shaky start to the year:
Tourism fights to reverse decline as industry hits 'tipping point' | Western Morning News
The tourist industry is clearly important for Sidmouth and the Westcountry:
New Sidmouth tourism guide launched - News - Sidmouth Herald
South West businesses in record tourism year - News - Sidmouth Herald
Tourism awards leave judges spoilt for choice | This is Cornwall Farmers and rural businesses CAP off year with good news | Blog
The Westcountry has among the heaviest reliance on the industry in the UK, with 8% of jobs in Torbay, East Devon and West Devon – and 7% in Cornwall – tourism-related, more than double the national average.
Tourism boom ahead - once region recovers | Western Morning News
We do need to ask the question 'What sort of tourist does Sidmouth want?'
‘Dementia aware’ is not damagingSaturday, November 23, 2013
As chair of the older people’s sub group, health and social care team for Seaton, Axminster and Sidmouth, I would like to make reference to your front page story “Let’s lose our God’s waiting room tag” (, November 8).
‘Dementia aware’ is not damaging - Letters - Sidmouth Herald
Futures Forum: Sidmouth: Dementia-friendly town... or 'God's waiting room'...
‘Families unwelcome in Sidmouth’ says tourism workerStephen SumnerMonday, September 2, 2013
A mum, whose job is selling Sidmouth as a destination, says families are unwelcome after her ‘noisy’ children were reprimanded for playing in the sea.
Simon Pollentine, the town council’s member for tourism, said: “I can’t believe that that’s the biggest thing some people have to worry about – it’s unfortunate they can’t tolerate youngsters enjoying themselves.
‘Families unwelcome in Sidmouth’ says tourism worker - News - Sidmouth Herald
And the question 'How should Sidmouth be branded?'
Sidmouth mans the barricades
By Clive Aslet 22 Oct 2012
Genteel? Hardly. The Devon resort is gripped by a dispute that is turning nasty, says Clive Aslet
We are in Sidmouth, a sweet-natured Regency town on the south Devon coast. Externally, nothing much would seem to have happened here since a hapless local youth, out sparrow-shooting, put a shot through the window of Woolbrook Cottage and nearly changed the course of British history: the future Queen Victoria, then a baby, was sleeping just below.
That wouldn't happen these days. There are no local youths. No, I exaggerate: some, but residents tell the old joke about the Paddington porter who shouts: "Weymouth for the Continent, Sidmouth for the incontinent." As the broadcaster Jeremy Vine, who goes to Sidmouth most summers with his in-laws, wrote in The Telegraph earlier this year, "There would never be a riot in Sidmouth." Don't bet on it, Jeremy. Sidmouth is angry.
Drop ‘Regency Town’ tag urges Sidmouth campaignerAlain Tolhurst , ReporterTuesday, January 17, 2012
Sidmouth’s ‘regency town’ tag is holding it back and should be dropped, according to the former chair of a group trying to create a vision for its future.
Robert Crick said constant references to the Regency Period in documents from East Devon District Council (EDDC) were giving a misleading impression of Sidmouth.
Drop ‘Regency Town’ tag urges Sidmouth campaigner - News - Sidmouth Herald
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