It's been a bleak twelve months for the hospitality and tourism industry. So what's the future of Blackpool Hotels after Covid?

Future of Blackpool Hotels after Covid

It’s been a bleak twelve months for the hospitality and tourism industry. Holiday accommodation has been closed more than it’s been open. So what’s the future of Blackpool Hotels after Covid?

Bad News and Good News

First the bad news. On 2 February 2021, 80 staff at the Lyndene and St Chad’s Hotels were told (by Zoom) that their employer had gone into liquidation. There would be no final pay or furlough for them, after their employment ended at the Central Promenade hotels.

The two buildings belong to a Singaporean company called Fragrance. Meanwhile the operation of the hotels was managed by a UK company called Bespoke Hotels. They’d spent a year trying to negotiate the rent and ultimately been unsuccessful. That, and the challenges of covid, caused the operating business to fail.

Take a look at the closed hotels and Blackpool seafront on 8 February, just after the news broke. It’s a very quiet Blackpool, full of closed hotels –

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The Lyndene and St Chad’s were previously popular hotels with good reputations. Well loved by holiday makers they were always busy for most of the year.

Future of Blackpool Hotels after Covid

Here at Visit Fylde Coast we suspected that something would rise out of the ashes, and once again we were right.

Local newspaper the Blackpool Gazette announced on 19 Feb 2021 that both hotels will be reopening when lockdown ends.

Building owners Fragrance Group have appointed a new management company, RBH, with immediate effect. Former managers have been offered employment. Some previous staff members are expected to be reemployed too.

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