Tall Ships Regatta brings in £8.5M to the Cornish economy

Organisers of the Tall Ships Regatta say it is thought to have brought in £8.5 million to the Cornish economy. More than 70,000 people visited Falmouth Docks during the first three days and 100,000 people took to the water on boats.

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Organisers of Falmouth's Tall Ships regatta look at benefit to Cornwall

Organisers of Falmouth's Tall Ships regatta look at benefit to Cornwall Credit: ITV News West Country

Organisers of the Tall Ships regatta in Falmouth are working out how much the event benefitted Cornwall. More than 200,000 people are thought to have visited the event over the past four days, which ended in yesterday's spectacular parade of sail involving 44 vessels.

I think that's the largest florilla I've ever seen and I've done a number of these events in the past that have been well attended but I think we certainly broke all records with the number of leisure craft that were joining in.

– Mark Sansom, Falmouth Harbourmaster


44 ships set off from Falmouth

44 tall ships which have spent the last few days in Falmouth set off this afternoon for a race to Greenwich. Organisers of the event say its has been a huge success and has brought millions of pounds to the local economy. Steve Hardy reports.

Falmouth traders preparing for busiest trading ever

The Tall Ships bring £6k to the Falmouth economy Credit: ITV News West Country

Hosting the Tall Ships brings a massive boost to Falmouth, worth £6,000,000 to the local economy. Hotels and B&B's have been booked up for months in advance. Many are expecting their busiest trading period ever, as thousands flock to the town to catch a glimpse of those majestic ships.

Falmouth is expecting its biggest trading period ever. Credit: ITV News West Country

"We've been booked up for a couple of months now and really Falmouth is full throughout this festival which is fantastic news for all the hoteliers, all the shopkeepers, all the restauranteurs."

– Nigel Carpenter, St Michael's Hotel & Spa

Richard Gates is Falmouth's Town Manager...

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