Seaside towns in England and Wales have seen the number of visitors grow despite the economic pressures brought on by 2008 crash, a study has found.
Researchers at Sheffield Hallam University found the number of tourists holidaying in seaside towns has continued to grow despite the recession and subsequent squeeze on household incomes.
The Sheffield team say their new figures show that seaside tourism employs more people than the motor industry, aerospace, pharmaceuticals or steel.
Blackpool is still the biggest resort in terms of seaside tourism jobs with nearly 16,000.
However, there has been significant growth in seaside towns in the south as well, with places Brighton and Bournemouth close behind Blackpool.