Visitor numbers soar with warm weather

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Tourism in Eastbourne is up 112 per cent on September last year.

The town’s impressive increase in visitors came in above many other British seaside resorts, according to the new figures released by Expedia.

The travel provider says it is seeing a huge increase in bookings for traditional seaside resorts in the UK, as the hot weather continues into the autumn.

Andy Washington, managing director of Expedia UK and Ireland, said, “After the curse of ten wet weekends in a row throughout July and August, September has seen the UK enjoy an unseasonably long stretch of warm weather and with this, a desire to make the most of our great British seaside. Usually this time of year sees a shift away from beach to city-break destinations, but this year UK beach destinations are still amongst the top ten UK cities booked on Expedia.co.uk.”

Jerome Farrow, from the Marine Parade Hotel, is vice chairman of Eastbourne Hospitality Association.

He said, “It is down to the weather. I look out the window now and it is still lovely out there. People are walking along without coats.

“For us, it has been twice as good as last year.”

Mr Farrow said he did not believe the pier burning down had anything to do with the surge.

He said, “Some people might come to gawp but not many.

“We have a surprising number of guests who don’t know anything about the fire despite the media coverage. ”

Hospitality association chairman Darren Weir, from The Mowbray Hotel, said, “We have been full this week and we wouldn’t have been without the good weather.”

Expedia also published the top ten overall UK beach destinations for September and October.

Eastbourne came in at number six – ranking it below Bournemouth and Brighton but above Plymouth, Scarborough, Torquay and Exeter.