Dr Anya Chapman says Victorian pleasure piers are unique to Britain, but they are under threat

Victorian pleasure piers are unique to Britain, but they are under threat

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By Dr Anya ChapmanBournemouth University.

A stroll along a pier remains the most popular activity for visitors to the British seaside, with 70% of them enjoying a walk over the waves.

For many, the seaside pier is perhaps the most iconic symbol of the British seaside holiday and the epitome of excursions to the coast. Piers have always provided holidaymakers with entertainment, from the grand pavilions and theatres of the Victorian era, to the amusement arcades of the 1980s. For two centuries, piers have been the place to see and be seen at the seaside.

Victorian pleasure piers are unique to the UK, but they are under threat: in the early 20th century nearly 100 piers graced the UK coastline, but almost half of of these have now gone.

By their very nature, seaside piers are risky structures. When piers were constructed, British seaside resorts were at the height of their popularity. The Victorians wanted to demonstrate engineering prowess and their ability to master the force of the sea. Some lasted longer than others, with Aldeburgh pier in Suffolk lasting just less than a decade before it was swept away by a drifting vessel. At the other end of the spectrum is the Isle of Wight’s Ryde pier, which at over 200 years is the oldest pleasure pier in the UK.

Yet the longevity of such piers presents them with new risks: fire, maintenance issues, rising costs, and climate change. Piers face an uncertain future. The National Piers Society estimates that 20% of today’s piers are at risk of being lost.

Piers at risk

Over the last 40 years, many notable piers have succumbed to time and tide. Perhaps the most iconic of these losses is Brighton West Pier, which has suffered multiple storms and fires since closure in 1975, leaving an isolated skeleton as a haunting reminder. Now there is growing recognition that seaside piers are vital to coastal communities in terms of resort identity, heritage, employment, community pride, and tourism. In fact, the UK government now offers funding to enable the revival of piers and other seaside heritage.

Brighton West Pier. National Piers Society

Despite the sea change in the perceived importance of seaside piers, many remain derelict and in a state of decay. One such pier is Weston-Super-Mare’s Birnbeck Pier, on the west coast, which has been closed for over three decades. Birnbeck Pier is unusual in that it is the only pier which links to an island, but as time has passed, parts of the structure have crumbled into the sea. Despite the endeavours of the local community and groups such as The Birnbeck Regeneration Trust, the owner of the pier refuses to sell or regenerate the pier.

This is in stark contrast to nearby Clevedon Pier, which was deemed “the most beautiful pier in England” by the poet Sir John Betjeman. After partial collapse and subsequent closure of the pier in 1970 there were calls for its demolition. Clevedon Pier was saved and reopened in 1998, and is now the UK’s only Grade I listed seaside pier. Today it stands as a testament to The Clevedon Pier Heritage Trust who continue to develop the pier with a new visitor centre, wedding venue, and conferencing space. Recently, the pier gained a new group of fans as it featured as a backdrop to a One Direction music video.

Thriving piers

Despite their advancing years, since the turn of the 21st century many piers have found a new lease of life. The high-profile regeneration of Hastings Pier, led by a local community trust and backed by Heritage Lottery Funding, has spearheaded the revitalisation of many seaside piers (although the pier, controversially, was recently sold to a commercial investor). Nevertheless, a number of coastal communities have successfully regenerated their piers through the formation of pier trusts, including those at Swanage and Herne Bay. Other seaside towns are being even more ambitious and hoping to rebuild their piers or to build brand new piers.

Swanage Pier. National Piers Society

Local authorities within seaside resorts are also promoting their piers as flagship tourist attractions and investing in their refurbishment and new facilities. Southport Pier, which narrowly escaped demolition during the 1990s, is now at the heart of the resort’s development strategy and is currently undergoing a £2.9m refurbishment which includes the addition of new catering and retail facilities.

The piers that are thriving in the 21st century are those that provide a unique selling point. Bournemouth Pier now features the only pier-to-beach zip line, and its former theatre now houses adrenaline-packed activities such as climbing walls, an aerial assault course, and a vertical drop slide. In Folkestone, the Harbour Arm, which was redeveloped as a pleasure pier in 2016, provides a range of pop-up bars and restaurants and its very own champagne bar. Weston’s Grand Pier offers family fun with a modern twist and even boasts an indoor suspended go-kart track. Southwold Pier boasts a novelty automaton arcade.

Weston-Super Mare Grand Pier. National Piers Society

By staying tuned to modern desires as well as a sense of nostalgia, piers will continue to adapt to changing tastes and provide entertainment and pleasure for seaside visitors.

But perhaps the biggest threat they face today is climate change, and the attendant rising sea levels and increasingly frequent storm surges. Cromer, Saltburn, and Blackpool North Pier have all recently been significantly damaged by storms. The World Monuments Fund has recognised the threat of extreme weather events to seaside piers by adding Blackpool’s three piers to their 2018 Watch List. With seaside piers regaining their popularity, their next big challenge will literally be finding a way to weather the storm.


Anya Chapman, Senior Lecturer in Tourism Management, Bournemouth University

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

one week to CHME2018 – THE Hospitality conference of the year at Bournemouth University 22-25 May

Colleagues 

one week to CHME2018 – THE Hospitality conference of the year at Bournemouth University 22-25 May 

22-25 May 2018 Council for Hospitality Management Education CHME 2018 Conference at Bournemouth University http://www.bournemouth.ac.uk/CHME

22 invited speakers from all over the world 

60 papers in 5 main themes and 12 subthemes 

  • Hospitality Management
  • Learning, Teaching, and Assessment in Hospitality
  • Critical and Cultural Studies in Hospitality
  • Today’s and Tomorrow’s consumer
  • Technology and Innovation in Hospitality.

12 leading academic journals 

250 participants from 40 countries around the world 

An amazing networking and social programme 

Looking forward to welcome you to the CHME2018 

22-25 May 2018 Council for Hospitality Management Education CHME 2018 Conference Bournemouth University http://www.bournemouth.ac.uk/CHME

Provisional programme https://www1.bournemouth.ac.uk/sites/default/files/asset/document/CHME2018Programme.pdf

Register https://chme2018.eventbrite.co.uk

Institute of Hospitality Southern Branch 4th annual ‘Student of the Year Awards’ at the Balmer Lawn Hotel in the New Forest

On Thursday 19th April the Institute of Hospitality Southern Branch held their 4th annual ‘Student of the Year Awards’ at the Balmer Lawn Hotel in the New Forest. The awards go to recognise outstanding student contribution in education to learning, development and professionalism within six award categories.  Bournemouth University International Hospitality Management student Emily Murray, who was nominated by her lecturer  Dr Charalampos Giousmpasoglou, was recognised by the institute by being voted the winner in the category ‘Hospitality Management Student of the Year’. The award, sponsored by Chewton Glen Hotel and Spa, was presented on the night by Graham Chambers of Chewton Glen and Jane C Devonshire (Masterchef Winner 2016). Emily said ‘I am delighted to be recognised by the institute for the hard work and commitment I show to my studies at Bournemouth’.

At the same glittering awards dinner Bournemouth University Senior Lecturer Crispin Farbrother received a commendation from the Institute as runner-up in the category ‘Inspirational Tutor of the Year’ (Commendation collected on his behalf by Dr Evangelia Marinakou). Crispin said ‘it was a pleasure just to be nominated for doing what I love and I am delighted to be runner-up in such a prestigious category with such fantastic competition’.

The Institute’s Chairman Richard Ward said, I was delighted by the strong showing from Bournemouth University in two of the award categories and look forward to  more great entries in future years’. Head of Department Professor Dimitrios Buhalis also presented the Bournemouth University Department of Tourism & Hospitality Award in the category ‘Apprentice Student of the Year’ to Reegan Graff of Kingston Maurward College. Dimitrios said ‘ we are delighted to recognise the awesome talent within hospitality education and congratulate Reegan on being voted the winner’.

New VegPlus project starts in Santa Catarina, Brazil

Heather Hartwell and Jeff Bray with the VegPlus team start VegPlus_Project in Santa Catarina, #Brazil

 

Project is looking at the best practice of vegetable supply to address Brazil’s Food and Nutrition Security challenges of poor diet and sustainability.

 

Council for Hospitality Management Education CHME 2018 Conference  http://www.bournemouth.ac.uk/CHME 22-25 May 2018 @Bournemouth University

We look forward to welcome you to the

Council for Hospitality Management Education CHME 2018 Conference  http://www.bournemouth.ac.uk/CHME22-25 May 2018 @Bournemouth University

More than 22 Invited speakers from around the world, 60 research papers and posters, 30 PhD students and a comprehensive industry programme will facilitate great knowledge cocreation.

It will be an incredible conference and a celebration of Hospitality Management

Register on https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/council-for-hospitality-management-education-2018-tickets-37838282321?_eboga=1432924771.1496672768&_eboga=1715778101.1516471310#tickets 

Provisional programme

https://www1.bournemouth.ac.uk/sites/default/files/asset/document/CHME2018Programme.pdf

Please book accommodation early on https://www1.bournemouth.ac.uk/about/our-faculties/faculty-management/our-departments/department-tourism-hospitality/chme-conference-2018/venue-transport-accommodation  as this is a high demand period 

 

There is a great social and networking programme 

SOCIAL AND NETWORKING PROGRAMME 

Monday 21 May 2018          PrePreconference Day Get together – Revolution 163-167 Old Christchurch Rd, 

Tuesday 22 May 2018          Preconference Day –  The Overcliff, Suncliff Hotel, 29 East Overcliff Drive, BH1 3AG 

Wednesday 23 May 2018   First Day – Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum & Real Greek Bournemouth BH2

Thursday 24 May 2018        Second Day – CHME CELEBRATION Key West Bar and Grill, Bournemouth Pier

Friday 25 May 2018              Third Day – Farewell party and Cocktails Koh Thai Lounge Bournemouth

Look forward to welcoming you 

Guest presentation Strategic tourism planning in practice: the case of Porto, Portugal Tuesday, 24 April, 3-4pm, F108  Dr. Carla Pinto Cardoso, Portuguese Catholic University

Guest presentation Strategic tourism planning in practice: the case of Porto, Portugal

Tuesday, 24 April, 3-4pm, F108 

Dr. Carla Pinto Cardoso, Portuguese Catholic University

Porto, the second largest city of Portugal, is increasingly becoming an important European tourism destination. In 2017, after the 9th consecutive year of above-average growth, the city enjoyed its best performance ever in terms of number of international arrivals and tourist spending. Alongside this boom, Porto has won various international awards, such as the award for Top 

European Tourism Destination (2012, 2014, 2017), and was nominated for three categories of the World Travel Awards: Best European Destination; Europe’s Best City Break; and Best Tourist Attraction. In this presentation, the key factors that contributed to the current success of Porto will be examined. In addition, the methodological steps and strategic approaches underpinning the design of Porto’s tourism Plan wwill be reviewed. The presentation will contribute to a better understanding of tourism planning at the regional level, since many of the points raised from Porto’s experience have a more general application to other cities experiencing growth in tourism or seeking to develop this sector.

 

The presentation is divided into 6 sub-topics:

·      Sub topic 1: The Portuguese Tourism governance (national and regional context)

·      Sub topic 2: The vision, strategy and Regional Tourism Directives for the Horizon 2027

·      Sub topic 3: Tourism in Porto and North of Portugal: diagnosis

·      Sub topic 4: The major challenges in the tourism destination to which the Strategic Plan must respond.

·      Sub topic 5: Strategic plan: methodological approach

·      Sub topic 6: Lessons from Porto

Carla Pinto Cardoso holds a PhD in Economics of Tourism from Bournemouth University (UK) and is currently the Head of the Tourism and Heritage Department in the Faculty of Philosophy and Social Sciences at the Portuguese Catholic University (Braga Campus). Since 2015, she is also a senior tourism consultant at Sigma Team Consulting, where she was involved the design of the strategic plan for the Porto Tourism Board. Her research and publications interests include focus on tourism impacts and planning and strategic studies. 

Professor Dimitrios Buhalis presentation on Smart Tourism and Greek Tourism and helping the Hotel Managers Association of Rhodes, Greece

Professor Dimitrios Buhalis presentation on Smart Tourism and Greek Tourism and helping the Hotel Managers Association of Rhodes, Greece to develop their hospitality competitiveness #buhalis #greek #tourism #smart #tourism #technology #smarttourism #tiexountaermakaipsofane #presentation

Dimitrios Buhalis live from Rhodes on Smart Tourism and Quality Tourism

Posted by Dimitrios Buhalis on Saturday, 14 April 2018

 

Professor Dimitrios Buhalis presentation on the Smart Tourism and Greek Tourism and helping the Hotel Managers Association of Rhodes to develop their hospitality competitiveness #buhalis #greek #tourism #smart #tourism #technology

https://www.facebook.com/buhalis/videos/10156122396657527/

Sal Gowili, General Manager at The Ritz Hotel London will be one of the invited speakers at the CHME2018 conference 

Sal Gowili, General Manager at The Ritz Hotel London will be one of the invited speakers at the CHME2018 conference 

With a passion and broad knowledge of the luxury hotel business, Sal joined The Ritz in 2011 as Front of House Manager, before quickly progressing to Rooms Division Manager. He was appointed Hotel Manager in 2013 and General Manager in 2016. In his capacity as General Manager of The Ritz London, Mr Gowili continues to build on the hotel’s 110 years reputation and its legendary service, known as the byword for luxury and elegance, while maintaining its position amongst the great hotels of the world and at the forefront of the London hotel market.

The Ritz enjoys one of London’s best locations overlooking The Royal Green Park. Mr Gowili oversees the hotel’s 136 rooms and suites, The Ritz Restaurant, The Palm Court, The Rivoli Bar and private dining rooms of the adjoining 18th century William Kent House, and manages a team of over 300 colleagues. Under his leadership The Ritz London has achieved outstanding revenue growth, whilst maintaining the very highest levels of guest service. Prior to joining The Ritz, Sal obtained a degree in Chemical Engineering and spent 11 years in various management positions within Red Carnation Hotel Company, with his first management position in the 5* flagship property: The Milestone Hotel, after moving from Hilton Park Lane.

22-25 May 2018 Council for Hospitality Management Education CHME 2018 Conference Bournemouth University http://www.bournemouth.ac.uk/CHME

Provisional programme https://www1.bournemouth.ac.uk/sites/default/files/asset/document/CHME2018Programme.pdf

 

 

12 Journal Editors will join Bournemouth University prestigious CHME2018 conference

12 Journal Editors will join Bournemouth University prestigious CHME2018 conference

27th Council for Hospitality Management Education (CHME) Annual Research Conference –
Innovation in Hospitality: connecting all stakeholders to deliver memorable experiences
22-25 May 2018 Bournemouth University, UK  www.bournemouth.ac.uk/CHME

Professor Levent Altinay, Editor in Chief, Service Industries Journal, Oxford Brookes University, UK
Professor Clayton Barrows Editor of the International Journal of Hospitality & Tourism Administration, University of New Hampshire, USA
Professor Dimitrios Buhalis, Editor in Chief, Tourism Review, Bournemouth University, UK
Professor Cihan Cobanoglu Editor in Chief Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Technology, University of South Florida, USA
Professor Ulrike Gretzel Associate Editor, Annals of Tourism Research,  University of Southern California, USA
Professor Jay Kandampully, Editor, Journal of Service Management, Ohio State University, USA
Dr Peter Lugosi,  Reviews Editor, Hospitality & Society, Oxford Brookes University, UK
Professor Fevzi Okumus, Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, University of Central Florida, USA
Professor Hanqin Qiu,Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Quality Assurance in Hospitality and Tourism, Nankai University, China
Dr Ioannis Pantelidis, Co-Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Tourism and Hospitality Research, University of Brighton, UK
Professor Bruce Tracey, Editor-in-Chief, Cornell Hospitality Quarterly, Cornell University, USA
Professor Perry Hobson, Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Vacation Marketing, Taylor’s University, Malaysia

They will hold two workshops during the conference 

Tuesday 22 May 16:00-17:30 Research Publication Retreat Meet the Editor and Publish high impact papers
Friday 25 May 15:30-17:00 Research and Knowledge cocreation, REF2021 and publications

Please contact Dr Hanaa Osman or Professor Dimitrios Buhalis if you are interest in joining CHME2018 or those workshops.

22-25 May 2018 Council for Hospitality Management Education
CHME 2018 Conference Bournemouth University http://www.bournemouth.ac.uk/CHME
Provisional programme https://www1.bournemouth.ac.uk/sites/default/files/asset/document/CHME2018Programme.pdf