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A third of Cornwall visits triggered by TV dramas

Programmes like Doc Martin have brought a third more visitors to Cornwall Credit: ITV News

More than a third of all visits to Cornwall have been triggered by television dramas like Doc Martin or Poldark.

The research by Visit Cornwall said the series had a significant influence on decisions to visit the county.

94% of those who took part in the survey said they wanted to visit the landscape and scenery showcased in the productions.


Eden Project named one of the world's top destinations

The Eden Project has been rated one of the world's must-sees. Credit: Dave Thompson/Route One Photography

The Eden Project in Cornwall has been rated one of the 500 best places to visit in the world.

Travel guide Lonely Planet has put the iconic biomes at number 281. The number one spot was taken by the temples of Angkor in Cambodia.

The Ultimate Travelist is being published today, and has a reputation as a dream to-do list for many travellers.

Record-breaking interest in visiting Cornwall

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The sun seems to be shining for tourism in Cornwall. The official online guide to visiting the county had a record-breaking half a million hits last month. says that's a huge increase on last year. Popular searches on the site were places to stay, things to do and local events - good news for local business and the region's reputation as a top summer destination.

Prince Charles shakes claws with giant lobster on Fistral Beach

The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall have completed a busy schedule of visits to the county, visiting all parts of the Duchy over the past three days.

The last day of the tour included a visit to Fistral Beach in Newquay.

Here they were shown how the marine litter which regularly washes up on our shores is now being recycled.

The Prince also had a close encounter with two giant creatures from the sea during the visit.

Steve Hardy reports.

Prince Charles & Camilla at Fistral Beach

It's the final day of the Duke & Duchess of Cornwall's visit to the Duchy and today they're at Fistral Beach, Newquay. They're seeing how local charities are tackling litter on our coastline.

Prince Charles meets a man apparently made of rubbish. Credit: Ben Birchall / PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Duchess of Cornwall stops for a picture with 'Larry the Lobster' and 'Sally the Starfish', who are environmental campaigners from the Marine Conservation Society.

The Duchess of Cornwall with 'Larry the Lobster' and 'Sally the Starfish'. Credit: Ben Birchall / PA Wire/Press Association Images


Prince of Wales & Duchess of Cornwall entertained on St Agnes

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall are continuing their tour of the Scilly Isles by visiting St Agnes.

Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall arrive on St Agnes. Credit: Ben Birchall / PA Wire/PA Images

Prince Charles and Camilla are currently taking part in their annual summer annual tour to the region.

With the focus of their three day visit on the region's tourism industry.

Pupils at St Agnes school perform a play of St George and the Dragon. Credit: Ben Birchall / PA Wire/PA Images

Prince Charles and Camilla were entertained by pupils from St Agnes school, who performed the famous story of St George slaying the Dragon for them in the sunshine.

They also visited the Island Fair where they were introduced to some local wildlife.

The Prince of Wales is shown crustaceans as he visits the Island Fair. Credit: Ben Birchall / PA Wire/PA Images

Day 2 of royal visit to Cornwall

The royal couple in Padstow yesterday. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall are spending a second day in the county today.

They're focusing on the tourism industry and local communities during this year's visit - stopping in Padstow in North Cornwall yesterday, meeting RNLI volunteers and visiting a restaurant run by celebrity chef Rick Stein. Today the royal couple will be on the Isles of Scilly, stopping by a local island fair on St Mary's.

David Cameron expected to announce £5 million tourism investment

David Cameron is today expected to announce a £5 million investment in tourism in the region.

The move has been welcomed by the VisitEngland Chief James Berresford who said the five point plan to support tourism growth across the UK was further recognition of the enormous value and contribution of the industry.

Credit: Matt Cardy/PA Wire

Placing tourism at the heart of Government will do much to support plans to rebalance the economy.

We have invested £57m of Government funds in English tourism over the past five years which has to date generated over £1.5 billion growth in visitor spending and created over 28,000 jobs.

We aim to build on this success with both the Northern and South West Tourism Growth Funds, and the proposed Product Development Fund recommended in the Triennial Review of VisitEngland.

– James Berresford, VisitEngland Chief

As part of a £5million South West Tourism Growth Fund announced by Government, a range of activity will take place to grow tourism, deliver economic growth and boost export earnings in the South West of England.

Our ambition for the South West Tourism Growth Fund is to work closely with VisitBritain and partner destinations to create an additional visitor spend of £60 million, supporting the creation of 1,000 jobs to boost the South West visitor economy.

– James Berresford, VisitEngland Chief
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