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Falmouth Tall Ships bring multi-million pound economic boost

Falmouth Tall Ships Regatta 2014 Credit: Ben Birchall/PA

The Falmouth Tall Ships Regatta has brought a multi-million pound boost to Cornwall's economy.

197,000 people visited Falmouth during the four-day festival in August - increasing the turnover for local businesses by an estimated £10,000. 40 per cent of businesses extended their opening hours to deal with the influx of visitors.

Falmouth has done it again – in the spirit of cooperation and partnership we have delivered a truly outstanding event. There were huge crowds, wonderful weather, the most beautiful ships to look at and everybody was happy, but most importantly the event provided long-term benefits and a lasting legacy. It demonstrated Falmouth’s impressive strength for partnership and it is because of this that the event was the success that it was.

– John Hick, Falmouth Tall Ships Regatta Chairman

Tall Ships bring £8.5m to Cornish economy

Spectacular: the Tall Ships event at Falmouth Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire/

The organisers of this year's Tall Ships Regatta say the event is thought to have brought in around £8.5m to the Cornish economy. More than 70,000 people visited the Regatta site at Falmouth Docks during the first three days and over 100,000 people took to the water on boats.


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

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...

Tall Ships Regatta begins in Falmouth

Tall ships come to Falmouth Credit: ITV West Country

Some of the world's most beautiful sailing vessels are gathered in Falmouth tonight for the Tall Ships Regatta.

More than 200,000 people are expected to visit over the next four days, bringing a £12 million boost to the local economy. It's the first time since 2008 that the event's come to Cornwall.


Countdown to Tall Ships Regatta

Sights like this should return to Falmouth next summer Credit: ITV News West Country

There's just one year to go until the Falmouth Tall Ships Regatta. The iconic ships last sailed the Fal in 2008 - and next year a fleet of up to 30 are expected to race from Falmouth to Greenwich.

The countdown has already begun in London - where celebrations are taking place all day on Woolwich pier.