BBC1 show ‘The Apprentice’ is taking on the re-branding of Margate in Kent as one of the tasks for it’s contestants in the latest series, which started last night. Contestants will be tasked with designing a brand for the seaside town that can capture the town’s aspirations as a 21st century seaside destination.
An article that I have written with a colleague has just been published in the journal Cultural Trends. You can view the article’s abstract by clicking here. You will need the appropriate permissions to read the full text. The article is based on a review of more than 50 documents from the grey literature relating to the Cultural Olympiad of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games in London.
I’ve posted about the effects of the current economic crisis here and here over the last couple of months, and have made the point that the price differentials offered by the uneven development of the global financial meltdown may well provide a boost to inbound tourism, as well as the domestic tourism market. By clicking on the image below you can watch a BBC news item about the rising numbers of European visitors to Tyneside. It is interesting to hear the regional tourism spokesman emphasise the importance of building up the quality of the local tourism product, especially the new Institute of Modern Art in Middlesborough: a sign that, to ride out the economic crisis, British tourism needs continued investment. In this respect it is not unlike all the other industries seeking government funds; unlike many others though, this report suggests the potential presence of a growing market, rather than a shrinking one.
This is a copy of an article published this month in Kent Profile magazine, based on an interview with me about Kent’s seaside towns. Click on the image to read it.
This looks like an excellent conference in Blackpool in June. Download the flyer here.
From the CFP:
“Key themes of interest to the conference include:
I will be part of a panel on the South-East section of BBC 1’s ‘the politics show’ on Sunday 23rd November, discussing the role of cultural projects in the regeneration of seaside towns. The show will be broadcast live between 12.30 and 1pm from Margate, ahead of the ground-breaking ceremony for the controversial Turner Contemporary gallery that will be constructed in the Kentish resort. If you are not in the South-East, you can view the show after it has been broadcast via their website.
I will be giving a paper on the cultural regeneration of seaside towns at a conference of the Regional Studies Association in Aalborg, Denmark on 26-28th November 2008. The conference theme is ‘developing tourist destinations’ and you can view my abstract by clicking here. The full selection of abstracts and conference information can be found here.