Observer Comment: Tourism figures show Hastings is the place to be

RESIDENTS have always known this town has something special to offer, and the figures recently released by Tourism South East only serve to confirm it (page 10).

Worth £239 million to Hastings’ economy in 2011, tourism is alive and well.

There are real economic difficulties, yes, but visitors are still drawn here rather than to other seaside towns, which are faring worse.

And who can blame them, when we are becoming known for a packed calendar of events that is worthy of a much larger town.

Hastings is once visited, never forgotten, so it is not unreasonable to expect the 2012 tourism figures to be even more positive.

On that note, this weekend is not only the much-anticipated Seafood and Wine Festival, but Coastal Currents arts festival is in full swing with open studios and exhibitions aplenty.