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After much anticipation, TV favourite Poldark has returned to our screens for series 2, with the result being that tourists are returning to Cornwall in their droves.

Since the second series first aired, VisitCornwall has reported a 20 percent rise in visits – more than just a coincidence. Chief executive of VisitCornwall, Malcolm Bell, believes that the increase of visitors could continue throughout the series' eight-week-long run. He said: “It's looking good and I would say we're definitely getting the benefits of the Poldark effect already.

"We have found there is a spike in website traffic and although we haven't gone through the analytics to look at trends yet we can say there is a lot of interest on social media already."

Surveys have found that following the end of the first series, half of the people spending their holidays in Cornwall had watched Poldark. A quarter of these also added that they had returned to the county as a result of the beautiful scenery and coastlines seen on the show. Mr Bell added: "We're hoping to better that with this series, especially because the run ends in November which is when a lot of people start thinking ahead about booking next year's holiday."

The BBC has confirmed that filming for series three of Poldark has already begun, showing that the public's appetite for Cornwall on the small screen continues to be strong. Situated in the heart of Cornwall ourselves on the banks of the stunning River Fowey, we're not surprised that the public has fallen so much for the county and its astounding natural beauty. Plan your stay today at our boutique hotel - Cornwall and its scenic charm await you!

Image: BBC/Mammoth Screen Ltd

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