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.
– Robin Barker, Awards Co-ordinator
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.”
The Awards cover Somerset, Dorset, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Bath, Bristol, the Isles of Scilly, Devon and Cornwall.
The deadline for entries is 5pm on June 21st.
Good weather over the bank holiday weekend has boosted tourism in the region. Duncan Sleightholme reports:
Weymouth Pavilion is to close at the end of May along with the town's tourist information centre, putting around 20 jobs at risk.
The borough council voted unanimously to shut the theatre at a meeting last night as part of cost-saving measures.
The authority is inviting community groups to take over the building in an effort to secure its future.
The government made the offical announcement today. In the South West, Torbay will be getting the lion's share - nearly one and a half million pounds. Claire Manning has this report.
People working in Somerset's tourism industry will be holding their annual conference at the Haynes Motor Museum in Sparkford today.
The Somerset Tourism Association are expected to reveal plans to improve the trade in an increasingly competitive global market. The STA Chariman Bob Smart says that, despite bad weather and the Olympics, Somerset is holding its own against international competition.
Retailers say proposals to put VAT on the sale of static caravans will be disastrous to the region's tourism industry. The Government's own calculations suggest that demand will fall by thirty per cent.
Holiday park owners say customers won't buy at the increased price and that will have a knock on effect on the wider economy. Our business correspondent Seth Conway reports.
Plans to put VAT on the sale of static caravans will be disastrous to the region's tourism industry according to retailers.
The Government's own calculations suggest that demand will fall by thirty per cent.
Holiday park owners say customers won't buy at the increased price and that will have a knock on effect to the wider economy.