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Tourism businesses in the South West say the bank holiday weekend has provided a much needed boost to their industry.
Nearly a quarter of a million holidaymakers visited the region, bringing £73 million into Devon and Cornwall.
It came just in time - it was feared some businesses would go bust if we had a repeat of the last three dismal summers. Our Cornwall Correspondent Steve Hardy reports.
Tourism bosses in Cornwall and Devon have told ITV News West Country the amount of money spend in the two counties for the August Bank Holiday and this week could top the £100m mark.
An estimated £73 million has been injected into Devon & Cornwall's economy because of the bank holiday, according to experts. Restaurants and accommodation businesses are said to have benefited the most. Experts believe more people are choosing to holiday in the UK than abroad.