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UK holiday resorts under pressure

A report by the Trade Union Congress (TUC) has confirmed the worst fears of many in UK regarding traditional seaside resorts. In many places around the UK such as Bournemouth, Weston-super-Mare and Weymouth the rate of unemployment has doubled over the last year with more bad news expected in the short to medium term.

The TUC believes now is the time for the UK government to at worst maintain public-sector investment in these areas as the situation could get very much worse before it gets better. If the government take away a number of proposed regeneration programmes for many seaside resorts around the UK this will take away investment in the region, reduce visitor numbers and ultimately impact on the wider local economy. When you consider that areas such as Bournemouth have 4% unemployment, Southend 5.9%, Clacton on Sea 5.3% and Margate 5.2% this highlights the difficulties experienced in these areas.

Even though there has been something of a resurgence in the UK holiday market, a lack of forward investment in many regions, and the economic situation have put many resort back some years. If businesses are forced to close and visitor numbers continue to fall then ultimately there will be less attractions there for the future which will impact upon the local unemployment market for many years to come.

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