Do you think Southend is one of the best places to take a vacation? Is it a friendly place to be?
Would you consider our resort to be welcoming to visitors - whether they be day trippers or short
Well a survey out today suggests Southend is the 8th most "holiday friendly" destination in the UK.
Do you have strong opinions about how the heart of Southend should develop, grow and prosper - but
wondered what part you could play in making your ideas a reality?
It's time to make your voice heard. The Southend-on-Sea Town Centre Partnership is meeting at the
Park Inn Palace Hotel, at the top of Pier Hill, on Thursday 22 April (3pm), and members want all
town centre and seafront traders to come along and give their views on the future of the town
Did you know the tourist industry contributes £300m to the Southend economy? To mark British
Tourist Week, the borough's council will be outlining its plans for a fun-filled summer of sand,
sea and exciting events on Thursday (Mar 18).
Around 18% of the town's workforce is directly involved in tourism or tourism-related
industries, making it one of the borough's key business sectors.
The new Park Inn Palace Hotel in Southend re-opened its doors to the public this week. The hotel
has just sent Longpier.com these pictures from inside the venue. Find out more about the
Did you know that arguably the greatest comedy duo of all time performed a series of shows during a
week-long residency in Southend?
Laurel and Hardy travelled from London Fenchurch Street to Southend Central in August 1952 to
entertain crowds at the Odeon cinema in the High Street.
The pair stayed, for seven nights, at the Palace Hotel (which is now being renovated and renamed
Park Inn Southend) and travelled around the area during the daytime.
One of Southend's most remarkable and imposing buildings - the Palace Hotel - is set to reopen in
2009 after it was taken over by the The Rezidor Hotel group.
It will be branded under the middle-market Park Inn hotel set. Yiannis Group is
currently redeveloping and refurbishing the massive structure at a cost of £8m.
The Chairman of Southend United has told a group of supporters that former assistant boss of the
Shrimpers, Paul Brush, was sacked because he was "bad for morale" and that he and Steve Tilson
"agreed on everything and it was time for a change".
During a 100 minute Q&A session, Ron Martin also said that former top scorer Lee Barnard was
prepared to "down tools and refuse to play for the club again" if he wasn't sold to one of the
According to the verdict of Guinness World Record officials, Emperors Palace Hotel Casino
Convention and Entertainment Resort and Kia Motors have the biggest soccer ball of them all.
Standing at 15-metres high, the ball was presented to the public amidst entertainment and exciting
Monday 1st March 2010 will go down in local history as a very important date. 50 years after
closing its doors to tourists, Southend's Palace Hotel has reopened after a multi-million pound
redevelopment. The iconic building, overlooking the world's longest pleasure pier, represents a
major boost for the regeneration of the area.