To many the winter storms that caused much of that flooding have a legacy of lost business and the impression that the region may not be a suitable place to visit.
But many firms who rely on tourism reinvested during their enforced down time, in the hope it'll encourage visitors to come back. Seth Conway reports.
More people are searching online for holidays in Cornwall, according to the website Stay In Cornwall. They say this year has seen an increase of 36 per cent compared to last year. The county launched its 'Open for Business' campaign following the winter storms and flooding.
Tavistock's new self-service tourist information centre opens today, in the corner of a shop. It's replacing the town's old information centre which was closed by the council to save money. Local businesses have also trained staff to become tourism ambassadors.
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Mascots from Cornwall's tourist attractions will protest at Newquay Airport today, to try and promote the county's tourism industry. Mascots from Flambards Theme Park and the Cornwall Seal Sanctuary are trying to spread the message that Cornwall is 'Open for Fun'.
Key figures in the South West tourism industry have come together for a conference in Devon.
The meeting is updating tourism businesses about what is happening after the storms and flooding and the subsequent media coverage.
Industry leaders are discussing what is being done to get bookings moving again.
A group campaigning for better transport links to the Isles of Scilly has been giving evidence to MPs today.
The Friends of Isles of Scilly Transport want government help to maintain the ferry link, and to re-instate the helicopter service.
The Transport Select Committee was also told the high cost of sea and air fares was hurting tourism.
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Forward bookings for holidays in the South West have gone quiet according to a tourist board.
Carolyn Custerson from Visit Devon says there are worries people will book to go abroad instead of the South West this summer.
It's thought visitors might be deterred because of the bad weather and flooding.
After weeks of extreme weather, the tourism industry in the south west was basking in some rare sunshine for the start of the schools' half term holiday.
Everyone involved is anxious to promote the message that the region is very much open for business.
John Andrews reports.