Blackpool - Resort development - The Butler Model

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Exploration - 1735
The only visitors were wealthy people who wanted to ride horses on the beach. People were attracted to the Irish Sea. First Guesthouse opened by Edward Whiteside.
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Involvement - 1819
Stage coaches brought tourists from Manchester on a new private road. Holiday cottages were built by local man Henry Banks. A rail link was added allowing more tourists to visit.
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Development - 1870
Central Pier opened with open-air dancing for everyone. A new promenade was opened to the south which linked the different areas of Blackpool together.
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Consolidation - 1912
Huge developments in the town. Blackpool tower was built. 850,000 visitors per year in the town. The Empress Ballrooms were built and a big wheel with 30 carriages was erected. Railway station was rebuilt.
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Stagnation - 1986
The Sandcastle (an indoor swimming pool) and Blackpool Zoo was opened. But visitor numbers were starting to decline.
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Decline - 1987
Annual day visits declined from 7.4 million to 3.9 million. £300 million drop in money being spent by tourists. Only half the number of day trippers (3.9 million per year).
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Rejuvenation - 2003+
26,000 jobs created. £2.2 billion investment. The old Bond Street Hotel was demolished and rebuilt with 142 bedrooms. New coastal defences were completed at a cost of £80 million.
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Stage coaches brought tourists from Manchester on a new private road. Holiday cottages were built by local man Henry Banks. A rail link was added allowing more tourists to visit.

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Involvement - 1819

Card 3

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Central Pier opened with open-air dancing for everyone. A new promenade was opened to the south which linked the different areas of Blackpool together.

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Card 4

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Huge developments in the town. Blackpool tower was built. 850,000 visitors per year in the town. The Empress Ballrooms were built and a big wheel with 30 carriages was erected. Railway station was rebuilt.

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Card 5

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The Sandcastle (an indoor swimming pool) and Blackpool Zoo was opened. But visitor numbers were starting to decline.

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