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Open cash bonanza

WIRRAL can look forward to a multi-million pound bonanza as a spin-off from the hugely successful Open Golf Championship.

The Bolton News: JUST CHAMPION: Nigel Piper and Enrico Galantini from Lino's restaurant, who said:  "It's been like Christmas without the snow. We've broken all records." JUST CHAMPION: Nigel Piper and Enrico Galantini from Lino's restaurant, who said: "It's been like Christmas without the snow. We've broken all records."

Strategists calculate that record breaking attendances at Royal Liverpool will be reflected in massive investment in the future from tourists, golfers and holidaymakers. The £80m yielded from last year's Open at St Andrews in Scotland, looks like being easily surpassed.

Kevin Adderley, Wirral Council's head of strategic development, said: "I spoke to members of the international press and visitors from abroad during the Open week and so many saw something which endeared them to the area.

"Many of them said they would return for personal visits or said they would spread the word to colleagues and families in their own countries.

"We expect a great number of visitors over the years to Hoylake, Wirral, Merseyside and the North West, not only for golfing holidays but for the beautiful natural environment and the warm and friendly welcome extended by local people during the championship."

Mr Adderley said that local restaurants, bars and hotels had all reported doing excellent business during Open week. He said: "There have been plenty of quotes from restauranteurs and bar owners saying they did more business in a week that the previous three months."

There have been plenty of quotes from restauranteurs and bar owners saying they did more business in a week that the previous three months.

Kevin Adderley

One of those, Nigel Piper, restaurant manager of Lino's restaurant in Hoylake, said: "It's been like Christmas without the snow. We've broken all records."

Restaurant manager Enrico Galantini, said: "It was the busiest we have ever had in the 23 years the restaurant has been opened. We had people from all parts of the globe."

Ken Davies, chief executive of Wirral Chamber of Commerce, said: "We estimated Wirral would see around £80m of investment from tourists and guests.

"While we're still in the early stages of counting profits it looks like we've exceeded that by quite a way.

"But there will be hundreds of millions more to come as, we hope, people will come back to Wirral for a holiday with family and friends."

Mr Davies added: "Apart from all the guests more than 100m people saw the championship on the television, so this has really put Wirral back on the tourist map."

A Wirral Council spokesman said: "There has been an unprecedented amount of positive media interest in Hoylake and Wirral as a result of the championship, and feedback has been overwhelmingly positive."

Council leader Cllr Steve Foulkes said: "In terms of the crowd and the size of the event it went beyond our original expectations. It's been a huge success for the council and the borough and I'd like to thank the residents who have been so hospitable and have been spoken of so positively by visitors from all over the world.

"The legacy, hopefully, will be that the event will return and benefit the local economy and tourism."

Tory group leader Cllr Jeff Green said: "I'm incredible proud of the way Wirral rose to the challenge of hosting The Open and the work the council and residents did in making sure roads and infrastructure worked so well; and to the Wirral residents for making our guests feel so welcome."

Liberal Democrat leader Cllr Stuart Kelly said: "The championship was an enormous success, broadcast as it was to millions of homes around the world and showcasing Wirral and its people at their very best.

"I am very pleased that the local community got behind the event with a friendly welcome to guests from across the world."



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