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Caravan tax threat to tourism industry

Holiday park owners worried by Government plans to change tax rules to bring static caravans into line with touring caravans.

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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.

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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Weymouth Pavilion & Tourist Information to close

Weymouth Borough Council is inviting community groups to take over the building after it closes Credit: ITV News West Country

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.

Annual tourism conference in Somerset

Somerset's tourist industry is holding its own against international competition.
Somerset's tourist industry is holding its own against international competition. Credit: ITV Westcountry

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.

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