Tourists spend more money in South West than anywhere else in UK
Written by The Cormorant Hotel
Tourists and day visitors to the South West spend more money than anywhere else in the UK, it has been found.
A recent survey has monitored how attractions and museums in Cornwall have brought in record visitors, by taking advantage of hit TV shows such as Vikings, Game of Thrones and Poldark.
Nearly £500 million a year is spent in the region, with walking generating £220 million a year; only the capital produced more.
Cornwall's stunning coastline is a big draw to many visitors, with 54 per cent of all water sports activity taking place in the South West, which includes surfing and sailing. This alone was worth a cool £85 million.
The figures were released by VisitEngland, VisitScotland and VisitWales, which reveals for the first time the amount spent on leisure activities by tourists.
Local museums tapped into the popularity of historical television programmes with their exhibitions, which saw a huge rise in visiting figures. The Royal Cornwall Museum had a summer exhibition which looked at the work of Winston Graham, who wrote the Poldark novels.
Meanwhile, Falmouth's Maritime Museum saw an increase of 34 per cent in their visitor figures, thanks to historical television shows Vikings and Game of Thrones.
The Eden Project also saw its best summer season since 2007, thanks to wonderful new exhibitions. This is of course one of the many exhibitions you can visit when staying with us at our boutique hotels Cornwall. Why not book your room and come and see what is so wonderful about Cornwall for yourself?