Domestic tourism boom gives UK seaside new lease of life amid COVID-19 blues Children clutching glow sticks shrieked with delight and onlookers gazed awestruck as Blackpool#39;s Illuminations lights festival launched to a spectacular volley of fireworks from its 158-metre Victorian tower. The northwest English town#39;s lights display crowns an extended tourist season as Britain#39;s traditional seaside resorts benefit from a domestic tourism boom during the coronavirus pandemic.