Show why you love Bournemouth – and help bring more visitors to town

Show why you love Bournemouth – and help bring more visitors to town

VISTA: Sunseekers on Bournemouth Beach

TOP DESTINATION: Samantha Richardson

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BOURNEMOUTH residents are being urged to share their favourite images of the town as part of a campaign to encourage more visitors.

The town’s National Coastal Tourism Academy wants people to reveal the town’s hidden gems by posting pictures of the places they love.

It wants people to upload images to the website welovebournemouth.com to create a “unique neighbourhood guide”.

Whether it’s a particular tree in the Middle Gardens, a favourite view from a seafront bench, a perfect cycle track or secluded patch of sand for a picnic, the academy says it wants to highlight the resort’s “unsung” areas.

Samantha Richardson, director of the academy, said: “We know Bournemouth is the south coast’s top tourist destination. It attracts millions of tourists each year and ploughs some £479million into the town’s economy.

“We also know that more than 70 per cent of those tourists visit the beach, but a key reason many visitors come to Bournemouth is to visit friends and family. “We have a population of more than 180,000. If each resident invited one person, it would have an enormous long-term impact on jobs and the town’s economic fortunes. “An increase in visitors doesn’t only affect hotels, restaurants and tourist attractions. It affects hair-dressers, garages, supermarkets and every other business with which they engage.

“Bournemouth is an enormously popular place to live and in the new website we’d like to provide a gallery of those hidden gems that visitors might never have seen.

“Bournemouth residents have a reputation for being welcoming and friendly, it’s one of the reasons the town is such a successful resort. We’re hoping this gallery will add a new dimension to that welcome,” she added.

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6:46am Thu 20 Feb 14

Phixer says...

Maybe its old age or just my general cynicism but why am I paying the public servant director of a 'tourism academy' when all she can do is ask her employers to do the job for her? Shouldn't I expect a director to know what is needed to do their job and repay her employers?

And she expects us to share our local secrets with the masses! Bonkers!

"a favourite view from a seafront bench". That'll be from one of those benches vandalised by the local council giving a view of the scaffolding handrails held together with tatty green garden netting and cable ties.

Apart from that, I like this area. Have lived and travelled the world but there is nothing to beat my home town.
Maybe its old age or just my general cynicism but why am I paying the public servant director of a 'tourism academy' when all she can do is ask her employers [you and me] to do the job for her? Shouldn't I expect a director to know what is needed to do their job and repay her employers? And she expects us to share our local secrets with the masses! Bonkers! "a favourite view from a seafront bench". That'll be from one of those benches vandalised by the local council giving a view of the scaffolding handrails held together with tatty green garden netting and cable ties. Apart from that, I like this area. Have lived and travelled the world but there is nothing to beat my home town. Phixer
  • Score: 9

7:27am Thu 20 Feb 14

TheDistrict says...

When I served in the Armed Forces, and was travelling home on leave to my beloved town of Bournemouth, invariably, I was surrounded by visitors coming down to Bournemouth for their holidays. If one travels on a train today, to Bournemouth, it is usually filled with commuters, and nothing else. The fun in Bournemouth has gone, there is not much to do, both in dry weather and wet weather, the latter being virtually zero. We have an elected council who could not organise a party in a brewery, have got us into serious debt, rid the town of its amenities without replacing them, and being ordered around by developers, losing money left right and centre. Lets not even mention the Surf Reef and IMAX. Sorry, but Bournemouth is not the Bournemouth that it was. Why anyone visits this town is beyond me, unless they like sitting in their expensive hotel rooms, or visiting expensive restaurants and rowdy bars. I know, lets go to Weymouth this year.
When I served in the Armed Forces, and was travelling home on leave to my beloved town of Bournemouth, invariably, I was surrounded by visitors coming down to Bournemouth for their holidays. If one travels on a train today, to Bournemouth, it is usually filled with commuters, and nothing else. The fun in Bournemouth has gone, there is not much to do, both in dry weather and wet weather, the latter being virtually zero. We have an elected council who could not organise a party in a brewery, have got us into serious debt, rid the town of its amenities without replacing them, and being ordered around by developers, losing money left right and centre. Lets not even mention the Surf Reef and IMAX. Sorry, but Bournemouth is not the Bournemouth that it was. Why anyone visits this town is beyond me, unless they like sitting in their expensive hotel rooms, or visiting expensive restaurants and rowdy bars. I know, lets go to Weymouth this year. TheDistrict
  • Score: 11

8:37am Thu 20 Feb 14

The-Bleeding-Obvious says...

Think I'd post a picture of sandbanks because the old saying amongst Bournemouth residents has never been more true!

"The best parts of Bournemouth are in Poole"
Think I'd post a picture of sandbanks because the old saying amongst Bournemouth residents has never been more true! "The best parts of Bournemouth are in Poole" The-Bleeding-Obvious
  • Score: 0

8:48am Thu 20 Feb 14

throatwarbler says...

i've got some nice shots of the piles of litter the lovely visitors left on the beaches on a daily basis last summer.

I notice the fashionable littering trend this winter has been to just dump broken umbrellas in the nearest bush or just leave them on the pavement. No need to find a bin or take them home.
i've got some nice shots of the piles of litter the lovely visitors left on the beaches on a daily basis last summer. I notice the fashionable littering trend this winter has been to just dump broken umbrellas in the nearest bush or just leave them on the pavement. No need to find a bin or take them home. throatwarbler
  • Score: 8

8:52am Thu 20 Feb 14

High Treason says...

Bournemouth is no longer a great place to visit. It is all hype; Bournemouth International Centre. What is international about that eyesore. Bournemouth International Airport. Hardly international is it. The whole area is becoming a dump. Student lets, as scruffy as can be, Boscombe rehabs with associated bed sits. The Square with the ugly Obscura building which looks like it belongs to an old world airport. Avon Valley Nature reserve does not escape the council vandals. Fields fenced off for cattle which get flooded, pathways restricted thus creating more mud.
Bournemouth is no longer a great place to visit. It is all hype; Bournemouth International Centre. What is international about that eyesore. Bournemouth International Airport. Hardly international is it. The whole area is becoming a dump. Student lets, as scruffy as can be, Boscombe rehabs with associated bed sits. The Square with the ugly Obscura building which looks like it belongs to an old world airport. Avon Valley Nature reserve does not escape the council vandals. Fields fenced off for cattle which get flooded, pathways restricted thus creating more mud. High Treason
  • Score: 13

9:28am Thu 20 Feb 14

Old Colonial says...

This 'Academy' is asking for free, non-copyright protected images to use in its promotional strategy. Neat way to keep the costs down though!
This 'Academy' is asking for free, non-copyright protected images to use in its promotional strategy. Neat way to keep the costs down though! Old Colonial
  • Score: 5

9:30am Thu 20 Feb 14

smhinto says...

TheDistrict wrote:
When I served in the Armed Forces, and was travelling home on leave to my beloved town of Bournemouth, invariably, I was surrounded by visitors coming down to Bournemouth for their holidays. If one travels on a train today, to Bournemouth, it is usually filled with commuters, and nothing else. The fun in Bournemouth has gone, there is not much to do, both in dry weather and wet weather, the latter being virtually zero. We have an elected council who could not organise a party in a brewery, have got us into serious debt, rid the town of its amenities without replacing them, and being ordered around by developers, losing money left right and centre. Lets not even mention the Surf Reef and IMAX. Sorry, but Bournemouth is not the Bournemouth that it was. Why anyone visits this town is beyond me, unless they like sitting in their expensive hotel rooms, or visiting expensive restaurants and rowdy bars. I know, lets go to Weymouth this year.
Agreed, I was the same when travelling home on leave whilst serving in the RAF.
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All we hear about in Bournemouth today is rapes, assaults, fighting, drunkeness, muggings, robberies etc. The place seems to fill up up with dysfunctional lunatics, not to mention the annual 'diddley' problem every year.
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It is a shame as I was brought up in Parkstone, Ashley Road area in the early 1970's. It was no where near as bad then as it is now.
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What has happened to Bournemouth and Poole I will nvewr understand.
[quote][p][bold]TheDistrict[/bold] wrote: When I served in the Armed Forces, and was travelling home on leave to my beloved town of Bournemouth, invariably, I was surrounded by visitors coming down to Bournemouth for their holidays. If one travels on a train today, to Bournemouth, it is usually filled with commuters, and nothing else. The fun in Bournemouth has gone, there is not much to do, both in dry weather and wet weather, the latter being virtually zero. We have an elected council who could not organise a party in a brewery, have got us into serious debt, rid the town of its amenities without replacing them, and being ordered around by developers, losing money left right and centre. Lets not even mention the Surf Reef and IMAX. Sorry, but Bournemouth is not the Bournemouth that it was. Why anyone visits this town is beyond me, unless they like sitting in their expensive hotel rooms, or visiting expensive restaurants and rowdy bars. I know, lets go to Weymouth this year.[/p][/quote]Agreed, I was the same when travelling home on leave whilst serving in the RAF. . All we hear about in Bournemouth today is rapes, assaults, fighting, drunkeness, muggings, robberies etc. The place seems to fill up up with dysfunctional lunatics, not to mention the annual 'diddley' problem every year. . It is a shame as I was brought up in Parkstone, Ashley Road area in the early 1970's. It was no where near as bad then as it is now. . What has happened to Bournemouth and Poole I will nvewr understand. smhinto
  • Score: 3

9:33am Thu 20 Feb 14

whataboutthat says...

Samantha - get your own photo dept out there or better still pay me and I'll go out and take them. Do you really think amateur snaps is the way forward in a promotional strategy?
One thing is for sure you are not getting my skills for nowt.
Samantha - get your own photo dept out there or better still pay me and I'll go out and take them. Do you really think amateur snaps is the way forward in a promotional strategy? One thing is for sure you are not getting my skills for nowt. whataboutthat
  • Score: 7

9:42am Thu 20 Feb 14

High Treason says...

Old Colonial wrote:
This 'Academy' is asking for free, non-copyright protected images to use in its promotional strategy. Neat way to keep the costs down though!
Maybe they could ask BHLife the council propaganda rag to provide some pictures. The ones in there are classic Phtoshopped.
[quote][p][bold]Old Colonial[/bold] wrote: This 'Academy' is asking for free, non-copyright protected images to use in its promotional strategy. Neat way to keep the costs down though![/p][/quote]Maybe they could ask BHLife the council propaganda rag to provide some pictures. The ones in there are classic Phtoshopped. High Treason
  • Score: 4

10:24am Thu 20 Feb 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

"“Bournemouth residents have a reputation for being welcoming and friendly"

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Really ? I've not found that to be the case. But then again I only speak English so perhaps they can't understand what I'm saying.
"“Bournemouth residents have a reputation for being welcoming and friendly" ----------------- Really ? I've not found that to be the case. But then again I only speak English so perhaps they can't understand what I'm saying. Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: 10

10:32am Thu 20 Feb 14

BmthNewshound says...

There are a couple of hidden gems I can think of but I'd want they remain that way, hidden, and free from grockles and language students.
There are a couple of hidden gems I can think of but I'd want they remain that way, hidden, and free from grockles and language students. BmthNewshound
  • Score: 3

12:07pm Thu 20 Feb 14

muscliffman says...

The Tourism Academy says "Whether it’s.........a favourite view from a seafront bench, a perfect cycle track or.....".

What on earth has a 'perfect cycle track' got to do with promoting the town's hidden gems and attractions. Our entire public sector has become inexplicably but utterly obsessed with the minority activity of cycling - why?
The Tourism Academy says "Whether it’s.........a favourite view from a seafront bench, a perfect cycle track or.....". What on earth has a 'perfect cycle track' got to do with promoting the town's hidden gems and attractions. Our entire public sector has become inexplicably but utterly obsessed with the minority activity of cycling - why? muscliffman
  • Score: 2

12:33pm Thu 20 Feb 14

kalebmoledirt says...

Get some travellers,drunk students,thugs wielding hammers.stood alongside a parking meter with an empty shop in the background and take a photo and title it welcome to end of the line
Get some travellers,drunk students,thugs wielding hammers.stood alongside a parking meter with an empty shop in the background and take a photo and title it welcome to end of the line kalebmoledirt
  • Score: 3

12:42pm Thu 20 Feb 14

mgibbs says...

Why on earth would we want even more visitors to Bournemouth? More visitors mean more congestion, more litter, more drunken stupidity, and increased charges for those who live here to pay for it all. Why not do something for the people who actually live here all year round. The council only seem interested in how much money they can get out of the tourists during the brief summer, and couldn't care less about those of us who contribute to the economy all year round.
Why on earth would we want even more visitors to Bournemouth? More visitors mean more congestion, more litter, more drunken stupidity, and increased charges for those who live here to pay for it all. Why not do something for the people who actually live here all year round. The council only seem interested in how much money they can get out of the tourists during the brief summer, and couldn't care less about those of us who contribute to the economy all year round. mgibbs
  • Score: 2

1:11pm Thu 20 Feb 14

kingstonpaul says...

Pictrures of a perfect cycle track? Oh yeh. One the town's best assets is cycling along the promenades - all the way to Hengistbury in one direction, and Sandbanks the other. But of course this becomes a 'no cycling' route at the very peak Summer period when the majority of vistors are in town.
Pictrures of a perfect cycle track? Oh yeh. One the town's best assets is cycling along the promenades - all the way to Hengistbury in one direction, and Sandbanks the other. But of course this becomes a 'no cycling' route at the very peak Summer period when the majority of vistors are in town. kingstonpaul
  • Score: 0

1:25pm Thu 20 Feb 14

throatwarbler says...

kingstonpaul wrote:
Pictrures of a perfect cycle track? Oh yeh. One the town's best assets is cycling along the promenades - all the way to Hengistbury in one direction, and Sandbanks the other. But of course this becomes a 'no cycling' route at the very peak Summer period when the majority of vistors are in town.
"peak summer period" and "majority of visitors" - hence cycling restrictions. You could just walk and enjoy it - you don't have to be on a bike to appreciate it and for the majority of people it's much more enjoyable without having to dodge bikes (think Richmond Park).
[quote][p][bold]kingstonpaul[/bold] wrote: Pictrures of a perfect cycle track? Oh yeh. One the town's best assets is cycling along the promenades - all the way to Hengistbury in one direction, and Sandbanks the other. But of course this becomes a 'no cycling' route at the very peak Summer period when the majority of vistors are in town.[/p][/quote]"peak summer period" and "majority of visitors" - hence cycling restrictions. You could just walk and enjoy it - you don't have to be on a bike to appreciate it and for the majority of people it's much more enjoyable without having to dodge bikes (think Richmond Park). throatwarbler
  • Score: -1

2:16pm Thu 20 Feb 14

The-Bleeding-Obvious says...

kingstonpaul wrote:
Pictrures of a perfect cycle track? Oh yeh. One the town's best assets is cycling along the promenades - all the way to Hengistbury in one direction, and Sandbanks the other. But of course this becomes a 'no cycling' route at the very peak Summer period when the majority of vistors are in town.
The prom was built in 1923 its amazing that it's lasted as long as it has, constantly undermined by the sea until the start of beach replenishment in the 70s. I think we are seeing the beginning of the end now though, can't afford to maintain the bastion shelters the ornate beach front lights gone and the original buildings falling to bits. You would have thought that a year round 24/7 cycle track from Hengistbury Head to Sand Banks would have been top priority, widen the prom if necessary, should certainly been done in preference to a surf reef, Imax and all the other tat adorning sea front and its approaches.
[quote][p][bold]kingstonpaul[/bold] wrote: Pictrures of a perfect cycle track? Oh yeh. One the town's best assets is cycling along the promenades - all the way to Hengistbury in one direction, and Sandbanks the other. But of course this becomes a 'no cycling' route at the very peak Summer period when the majority of vistors are in town.[/p][/quote]The prom was built in 1923 its amazing that it's lasted as long as it has, constantly undermined by the sea until the start of beach replenishment in the 70s. I think we are seeing the beginning of the end now though, can't afford to maintain the bastion shelters the ornate beach front lights gone and the original buildings falling to bits. You would have thought that a year round 24/7 cycle track from Hengistbury Head to Sand Banks would have been top priority, widen the prom if necessary, should certainly been done in preference to a surf reef, Imax and all the other tat adorning sea front and its approaches. The-Bleeding-Obvious
  • Score: 2

2:22pm Thu 20 Feb 14

onetimeapathetic says...

What a ridiculous thing to ask - and all from a Government funded agency that has been given £2 million pounds to act as a catalyst for increasing visitor numbers and then to educate other destinations in how to do the same.
How much of this money is being wasted on Samantha's salary and others for example. No doubt 'it would be confidential' if we asked, and have we the public been consulted on the Coastal Academy - I think not.
Who is it run by anyway?
What a ridiculous thing to ask - and all from a Government funded agency that has been given £2 million pounds to act as a catalyst for increasing visitor numbers and then to educate other destinations in how to do the same. How much of this money is being wasted on Samantha's salary and others for example. No doubt 'it would be confidential' if we asked, and have we the public been consulted on the Coastal Academy - I think not. Who is it run by anyway? onetimeapathetic
  • Score: 2

6:02pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Bob49 says...

Let's hope naughty Bournemouth folk don't upload to that site ( welove bournemouth,co) photos that reflect the real state of the town

Otherwise it beggars belief that anyone could come up with this idiocy
"
but a key reason many visitors come to Bournemouth is to visit friends and family."

really !

Just as folk do the same at Basingstoke, Basildon and Brixton ....... the clue is in the last three words of the quote.

it should also beggar belief that we are paying someone a fat salary to cime up with this witless guff, but is no more than what seems par for the course for our failing town. Maybe the Daily Echo could tell us how much all this bufoonery is costing and how it can be justified as these residents are the same residents who are seeing their local Day Centres being closed, supposedly for lack of money.
Let's hope naughty Bournemouth folk don't upload to that site ( welove bournemouth,co) photos that reflect the real state of the town Otherwise it beggars belief that anyone could come up with this idiocy " but a key reason many visitors come to Bournemouth is to visit friends and family." really ! Just as folk do the same at Basingstoke, Basildon and Brixton ....... the clue is in the last three words of the quote. it should also beggar belief that we are paying someone a fat salary to cime up with this witless guff, but is no more than what seems par for the course for our failing town. Maybe the Daily Echo could tell us how much all this bufoonery is costing and how it can be justified as these residents are the same residents who are seeing their local Day Centres being closed, supposedly for lack of money. Bob49
  • Score: 2

6:06pm Thu 20 Feb 14

afcbtintin says...

At least when the tourists realise they've made a mistake and decide to leave via the spur road they'll see a nice,sign wishing them "safe journey" !
At least when the tourists realise they've made a mistake and decide to leave via the spur road they'll see a nice,sign wishing them "safe journey" ! afcbtintin
  • Score: 1

7:32pm Thu 20 Feb 14

jobsworthwatch says...

afcbtintin wrote:
At least when the tourists realise they've made a mistake and decide to leave via the spur road they'll see a nice,sign wishing them "safe journey" !
There are no tourists, there hasn't been since circa 1970s with the advent of the package holiday to the med. had the picture been of the beach on a summers day in the 60s you wouldn't been able to see the sand for Brits spending their annual 2 weeks holiday on Bournemouth beach.
[quote][p][bold]afcbtintin[/bold] wrote: At least when the tourists realise they've made a mistake and decide to leave via the spur road they'll see a nice,sign wishing them "safe journey" ![/p][/quote]There are no tourists, there hasn't been since circa 1970s with the advent of the package holiday to the med. had the picture been of the beach on a summers day in the 60s you wouldn't been able to see the sand for Brits spending their annual 2 weeks holiday on Bournemouth beach. jobsworthwatch
  • Score: 0

7:58pm Thu 20 Feb 14

The-Bleeding-Obvious says...

jobsworthwatch wrote:
afcbtintin wrote:
At least when the tourists realise they've made a mistake and decide to leave via the spur road they'll see a nice,sign wishing them "safe journey" !
There are no tourists, there hasn't been since circa 1970s with the advent of the package holiday to the med. had the picture been of the beach on a summers day in the 60s you wouldn't been able to see the sand for Brits spending their annual 2 weeks holiday on Bournemouth beach.
Trouble is this hasn't registered with BBC.....Butchers, Bakers and Candlestick makers!
[quote][p][bold]jobsworthwatch[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]afcbtintin[/bold] wrote: At least when the tourists realise they've made a mistake and decide to leave via the spur road they'll see a nice,sign wishing them "safe journey" ![/p][/quote]There are no tourists, there hasn't been since circa 1970s with the advent of the package holiday to the med. had the picture been of the beach on a summers day in the 60s you wouldn't been able to see the sand for Brits spending their annual 2 weeks holiday on Bournemouth beach.[/p][/quote]Trouble is this hasn't registered with BBC.....Butchers, Bakers and Candlestick makers! The-Bleeding-Obvious
  • Score: 0

8:34pm Thu 20 Feb 14

kalebmoledirt says...

Bet your glad out you asked the electoral and not the councillors.
Bet your glad out you asked the electoral and not the councillors. kalebmoledirt
  • Score: -1

8:36pm Thu 20 Feb 14

kalebmoledirt says...

Bet your glad out you asked the electoral and not the councillors
Bet your glad out you asked the electoral and not the councillors kalebmoledirt
  • Score: -1

10:26pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Bob49 says...

kalebmoledirt wrote:
Bet your glad out you asked the electoral and not the councillors
the electoral

who be they, ed ?

ps it's you're glad

as in you are
[quote][p][bold]kalebmoledirt[/bold] wrote: Bet your glad out you asked the electoral and not the councillors[/p][/quote]the electoral who be they, ed ? ps it's you're glad as in you are Bob49
  • Score: 1

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