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More money flowing into the West's seaside towns

The West Country's seaside towns will be getting more financial help next year, after the Government announced it is increasing the Coastal Communities Fund.

The money is designed to boost economic growth by helping local businesses.

  • National Lobster Hatchery in Padstow
  • Telegraph Museum in Porthcurno in Penzance
  • Wadebridge Renewable Energy Network
  • South Moulton Heritage Railway
  • Clevedon Pier in North Somerset
  • Destination Plymouth

Hopes for a better 2013 for tourism industry

2012 was a tough year for tourism in the South West. The Olympic effect, the difficult economic climate and unsettled weather resulted in a 6% national drop in rural domestic trips and 2% drop in longer domestic breaks. That impact has been felt across the industry, but there’s little doubt that the impact has been the least on businesses that have continued to invest in excellence – in their infrastructure, their people, their marketing, their skills. Those are the kind of businesses that win tourism awards and I invite them all to enter.”

– Robin Barker, Awards Co-ordinator