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BlooTalk Podcast Episode 2: Owen Ralph talks to Nick Thompson, Alan Cavill and Iain Hawkins

BlooTalk is back with an “end of season” special from the famous British seaside resort of Blackpool.

Our guests include Blackpool Pleasure Beach deputy managing director Nick Thompson, Blackpool Council's director of place, Alan Cavill, and Iain Hawkins, head of Merlin Entertainments' Blackpool cluster.

The north west tourist destination has been visited by 70% of the UK population at one time or another and now it's attempting to reconnect with lapsed visitors with a host of new attractions and upgraded infrastructure projects. Join us for almost an hour of conversation to discover how a failed casino bid paved the way for Merlin's expansion in the town, why IP-based attractions have helped the Pleasure Beach attract a more family-friendly demographic, and how the traditional Illuminations festival is facing new competition from Halloween events around the country.

We also catch-up with Charlie Read over a rather dodgy Skype connection for some of the latest stories for Blooloop.com and news of the three blooloopLIVE conferences planned for 2016.

Podcast presented by Owen Ralph.

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