Not sure about Thorpe ‘this summer’ but it was ridiculously busy last year, it was actually horrendous at times. I hope you’re wrong, and they don’t see that as reason ‘not’ to invest.Schoolkids not big spenders?
They certainly are at Blackpool in the school trip season, they set out extra confectionery stalls, and the spend on tat souvenirs and games stalls is far higher by the kids than the mainstream punters.
Many often turn up with wads of cash, and leave with a full bag of clothing at the end of the day.
Back at Thorpe, was it packed solid all summer?
It will only get new headline stuff if numbers are falling, I thought it had been steady busy all year through the peak.
As for kids, not the case at AT at all, fast track queues are absolutely empty, (I know this is still the case as I use them during these weeks to avoid the kids!) no ‘special stalls,’ (sit down) restaurants are quieter… They may buy a bit of tat from the shops, I don’t know and the fast food stalls (especially the bloody chicken shop) always seem busier… But I do know the real money is still made during the holidays and events following… When fast track queues (almost 100% profit) restaurants, bars, hotels AND shops are full!
Anyway, the original point was that for that tiny period when parks were hurt (the last month of lockdown 1) the upsurge in the periods following may well have made up for it.