Cornish television responsible for a quarter of South West visits
Written by The Cormorant Hotel
Love him or loathe him, there is no denying that Captain Ross Poldark is doing wonders for Cornwall, as demonstrated by new figures released by Visit Cornwall.
These figures show that 26 per cent of visitors have travelled to Cornwall after watching the BBC series, although it isn't just Poldark attracting tourists to locations close to our hotel in Fowey.
Doc Martin currently pulls in over 7 million viewers per episode, with a number of these viewers wanting to see the onscreen locations for themselves.
Over 12 per cent of visitors surveyed stated that the ITV series influenced them to make the trip to Cornwall, with 72 per cent stating they wanted to discover the real location behind the fictional town of Portwenn as an extra activity on their holiday.
The biggest draw for people making the journey was unsurprisingly the landscape and scenery shown onscreen, in both Doc Martin and Poldark. A huge 94 per cent of combined viewers said this was their main reason for visiting, with the chance to visit landmarks and historical locations coming in second place.
Cornwall is fast becoming "the" place to film, with a German film crew recently spotted shooting an adaptation of a Rosamunde Pilcher novel in the region, further adding to the number of people taking the trip to take advantage of the stunning views and rugged landscapes, and who can blame them?
Photo courtesy of Wonderlane, under Creative Commons