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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

'Gove effect' leaves the tourism industry out of pocket

Rules brought in by Michael Gove in 2013 mean parents are fined £60 for taking their children out of school in term time Credit: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA

A tourism business owner says the so-called Gove Effect is forcing her to sell off her holiday cottage.

Sarah Kitson from Lamerton near Tavistock says tougher rules where parents are fined for taking children out of school have had a drastic impact on holiday bookings.

Holiday cottage owner Sarah Kitson isn't fully booked this summer Credit: ITV West Country

It used to be from Easter til October we'd be fully booked but now we've got huge gaps. I've just had three weeks gap in a holiday cottage in Newquay, and it's just not worth keeping the holiday cottages running anymore as a holiday let business.

– Sarah Kitson

The rules brought in by Former Education secretary Michael Gove in 2013 mean parents can be fined £60 a day for taking their children out of school to go on holiday, or even prosecuted for it.

A recent report by the Tourism Society Westcountry said it's costing the industry £87 million a year.

The Tourism Society Westcountry and Visit Cornwall now calling for holidays to be staggered like in other European countries.

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No holidays during term time hits south west tourism

Tougher penalties for taking children out of school during term time is having an effect on our tourism industry Credit: PA:Matt Cardy

Tougher penalties for taking children out of school during term time is having an effect on our tourism industry.

Tourism bosses say fewer families are holidaying in our region at this time of year - and it's hotels and attractions that are paying the price.

Tourism Society Westcountry says the problem has cost west country tourism £87 million.

Robin Barker from Tourism Society Westcountry has been speaking to ITV News.

Fourth highest attendance for Royal Cornwall Show

126,256 people visited the Royal Cornwall Show last week Credit: Royal Cornwall Show

The Royal Cornwall Show attracted close to a record attendance last week with 126,256 people visiting over the three days.

It's the fourth highest attendance in the show’s 222 year history and represents a 9,535 increase on last year’s figure.

Show secretary Christopher Riddle has welcomed the news and puts it down to a combination of factors.

Perfect weather and a wide range of things to see and do has obviously played its part in the success but there is so much more to take into consideration.

We were privileged within the cattle section to have hosted the National Show of Devon Cattle and the prestigious beef and dairy Burke Trophies on top of our normal classes.

The support across all of the competitive sections has been, once again, extremely strong.

It’s been another celebration of the very best that Cornwall has to offer and we’ve had a superb show.

The sheer volume of traffic leaving the show on the final evening caused delays for some people leaving the event; we’ll be working hard in conjunction with our traffic management contractor to make sure this is doesn’t happen in the future.

– Christopher Riddle, Show secretary

Plans are already underway for next year’s show, which takes place on 9th, 10th and 11th June 2016.

MPs due to visit the Eden Project in Cornwall

Inside one of Eden's famous biomes Credit: ITV News

The Government's Culture, Media and Sport Committee will be at the Eden Project later as part of a study into tourism.

Representatives will take a tour around the project before meeting key figures in the industry. The aim of the visit is to encourage tourism outside London - and discuss the future of the industry in Cornwall.

Tourism in Devon and Cornwall slumping as parents face threat of fines if they take their children out of school during term

Tourism is down during term time across Devon and Cornwall

Tourism businesses in the region say their bookings have been badly affected by stricter rules about taking children out of school for holidays.

A new survey shows that bookings in Devon and Cornwall have slumped by up to 10%, as parents shun term-time breaks because they fear being fined if they take their children out of school.

Business which rely on tourism say they now have just 10 weeks a year in which to maximise their income. While Easter, Summer and half-term breaks are still popular, families are no longer visiting during term time.

Research just published found that in Cornwall last Spring the number of families holidaying fell from 31% to 16% after the threat of fines was introduced. Visit Cornwall says it would normally only see one or two per cent difference year on year

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September sunshine boosts tourism bookings

St Michael's Mount at Marazion in Cornwall - one of the West Country's most popular tourist attractions Credit: ITV News

The warm September sunshine is providing a late season boost to the region's tourism industry.

Some hoteliers are reporting a 30% increase in bookings compared to last year. Many in the industry are hoping the warm weather will help make up for a disappointing start to the year.

Job fears for the South West

Prospects look gloomy for the West Country's job seekers Credit: PA

Employers across every region of the country are expecting to take on more people over the next three months, except in the South West.

The figures come from the recruitment group Manpower UK.

It says heavy reliance on tourism and a jobs boom in recent years means growth in the South West has ground to a halt.

Ever tried to shift a tonne of water?

The RNLI has begun its "Respect the Water" campaign in Newquay. 32 lives were lost on the south west coastline last year and it wants beach-goers and surfers to take more care.

The RNLI shows the sheer power of the rip currents by challenging the ITV team (and friends) to move a tonne of water Credit: ITV News/James Chapman
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