Today we welcomed visitor number seven million through our door in the form of Felicity Rowland and her son Max aged 1 and her friend Jenny Dwamena with Rosie and Abigail both aged 1.
"It's great to be the seven-millionth visitor to LC. We have been looking forward to visiting for quite a while and now I won't forget our first visit. This is an amazing attraction – there is literally something for everyone to enjoy and it is a facility that the people of Swansea should be rightfully proud of."
Richard Proctor, CEO of Bay Leisure, the not for profit company who operate the LC on behalf of Swansea City Council said, "It seems like only yesterday that the LC opened its doors. We are four months short of our tenth birthday and already we are celebrating our seven-millionth visitor.”
Cllr Robert Francis-Davies, Swansea Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture, Tourism and Major Projects, said: “Everyone involved in promoting the LC and ensuring it remains welcoming and accessible to all deserves huge credit for its on-going success.
“When the Council built the LC, we confirmed our commitment to culture and leisure in Swansea and since then, we’ve worked in partnership to retain a much-needed, state-of-the art facility for the city.
“In coming years, the LC will continue to thrive as part of our regenerated city centre, supported by a cluster of other attractions including a cutting-edge, digital indoor arena and better access between the city centre and seafront.
“Our work to secure UK City of Culture 2021 status puts even more emphasis on the need for a strong network of venues and partnerships, if we are to meet our aspirations for a million more residents participating in cultural activity every year, as well for a programme of events, commissions and legacy that everyone can enjoy and benefit from.”
The LC was reopened in style by HRH the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh in 2008, commemorating the original Leisure Centre’s opening by The Queen in 1977.
To celebrate this landmark achievement and to say thank you to all the Visitors who have made our seven-millionth visit happen, we are offering ‘children go free tickets to the Waterpark’ in the run up to Christmas. To claim your free pass people just need to register their details here.
Nic Beggs, General Manager, said “It’s been a fantastic nine years for the LC, and it’s great to be able to give something back to our customers with this kids go free offer. We are delighted that the facility is still growing in popularity and moving from strength to strength. We have focused on our customers and have created a strong brand reputation which I now feel is a real exempla for the leisure and tourism industry.”
The LC, or more commonly known online or by its youngest visitors as the LC2, has more recently picked up a host of awards for its services and offerings with the most recent being the 2017 ‘Best Tourist Attraction’ at the Swansea Bay Tourism Awards, as well as being the top paid for attraction in Visit Wales’ Attractions Survey
Minister for Tourism, Dafydd Elis-Thomas, said: “This is a great achievement for the LC - their success over the last nine years is testimony to their commitment to quality and visitor experience. The attraction is a valuable asset to what Swansea Bay has to offer our visitors. These are exciting times for Swansea as we look forward to the decision on the winning bid for UK City of Culture for 2021 next month – another opportunity to accelerate the city’s regeneration. And, being so close to the Gower, we also look forward to working with partners in Swansea as we celebrate the Year of the Sea in 2018.”
Nic Beggs continued,
“Since day one, the LC has committed to delivering and maintaining high standards, and the fact that 7 million people have visited us since opening just goes to show how well received the LC has been. This is a great opportunity to celebrate all that we’ve achieved in our very small history and to say a massive thank you to all those who have enjoyed the facilities and supported ushere since opening.”