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Tourism conference hopes to lift the winter gloom

Westcountry tourism is under the spotlight in Exeter today Credit: ITV News West Country

With the current bad weather summer may seem a very long way off, but that will be one of the topics of discussion on the first day of the Westcountry Tourism Conference.

Now in its third year, the two day event is taking place at the Westpoint Arena near Exeter. Among the speakers will be the travel journalist Simon Calder.

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Full report: August bank holiday boost for tourism

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.

Bank Holiday brings in £73 million to the region

Bank Holiday brings in £73 million to the region. Credit: ITV News West Country

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.

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Tourism bosses critical of long-range weather forecasts

Just a fortnight after predicting a decade of rainy summers, the Met Office is tonight standing by the forecast of a heatwave over the next week.

The uncertainty surrounding the weather has drawn criticism from leaders in the South West tourism industry. They say inaccurate long-range forecasts are harming business.

Richard Lawrence reports:

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

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