Cornwall predict a huge tourism growth in coming years
Written by The Cormorant Hotel
The millions more invested into the tourism industry should mean a boost in visitor numbers, both domestic and from overseas. The chief executive of Visit Cornwall Malcolm Bell said the estimate was realistic:
"I do believe we can see that sort of growth in tourism. But about a third of all the money from tourism, about £600million, goes to the treasury in the form of taxes.
"We have got to make sure that the money comes back so that we can invest in things like keeping the beaches clean, the toilets open and the bins emptied, as well as in things like tourist information centres."
The prediction comes from the Local Government Association (LGA) who said that tourism can soar under devolution. Cornwall is the first county to agree on a devolution deal with the Government and covers areas from transport, energy and heritage.
The LGA said the tourism industry is likely to grow by more than 3% every year over the coming decade, and that local areas can use the devolution agenda to turn their towns into thriving hotspots for tourism and encourage the staycation and overseas market.
Tourists are worth £1.8billion to the local economy in Cornwall, and the great year we have already seen could be due to the Poldark effect and the weakened pound, which has encouraged more foreign travellers.
Ian Stephens, chairman of LGA's Culture, Tourism and Sports Board, said: "Local areas have already capitalised on recent tourism opportunities and councils can use devolution deals to improve transport, infrastructure, skills and business support, which are crucial levers to maximise the tourist pound and economic growth."