“We need more hotels in Lincoln”, says councillor in charge of tourism

The Lincolnshire county councillor in charge of economic development and tourism has said that three or four new hotels need to be built in Lincoln to cater for the anticipated influx of tourists over the next few years.

Councillor Colin Davie told The Lincolnite that Lincoln must capitalise on the success of 2015 in bringing visitors to the city, including the memorable Magna Carta celebrations and reopening of Lincoln Castle.

Planned events to mark the 800th anniversary of the Charter of the Forest next year and direct Lincoln to London rail services from 2019 would place a greater strain on hotels, the councillor argued.

He said: “Lincoln needs more investment in hotels – there’s a discussion going on about that at the moment. We’re going to run out of bed spaces for our visitors to stay in shortly so we do need to get more hotels built and beds created.

“We probably need another three or four more hotels in Lincoln to cater for all the visitors we are likely to get once we have direct train services to and from London.

“Lincoln has transformed itself from when I was a child into what was become a beautiful place, and I think once the cathedral gets all its investment secured for its project, we’ll have an uphill area that is world class.

I’ve said in the past that I want Lincoln to be a world heritage city. I believe it should have that status and we should continue to work for that.

Watch the full interview with Councillor Davie below for more discussions about Brexit, devolution and fracking.