"For some of the people there, this was very upsetting. We need assurances this won't happen again."
The independent research figures suggest visitor numbers in 2018 grew by 200,000 to 18.2m
The city will be showcasing its locations at International Confex, from 26-27 February
It is intended to promote awareness of the £500m investments which are transforming the city
Visit Blackpool exhibited at the conference, in an attempt to bring it back to the city for the first time since 2007