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Marketing Blackpool to be abolished in cost saving plan


By John Glenday | Reporter

November 4, 2013 | 2 min read

Marketing Blackpool, the tourism body set up to promote the city, is to be disbanded just two years after its creation after racking up £288k of debt.

Blackpool Council made the decision to scrap the body after deciding it would be cheaper to undertake the work in-house with staff transfer to the Council’s regeneration, tourism and culture department.

Coun Graham Cain, cabinet member for tourism and leisure, said: “During the last two years Marketing Blackpool has developed excellent links with the private sector. However at a time when the council is having to make £16m of savings we need to look at the most efficient way of running all aspects of our business.

“I believe bringing the company back in house will generate savings and I want to reassure local businesses and residents that our commitment to working with the private sector and jointly promoting Blackpool as a tourism destination remains as strong as ever.”

The arm’s length body has come under fire for its poor accounting, squandering £372,109 on Blackpool’s annual Switch-On event which was described by critics as a ‘shambles’.

Blackpool’s executive will consider the proposal on 11 November.

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