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
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.
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.
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 number of people who died along Britain's coast in 2013 was the highest in four years, the RNLI said as it launches a campaign calling on people to Respect the Water.
Figures show that 167 people died in water-related accidents and a further 368 were rescued by lifeguard crews after getting into difficulties.
Cold water shock, rip currents and fatigue were common factors in contributing to accidents at the coast while alcohol played a part in 28 deaths last year.
As the temperature continues to soar RNLI coastal safety manager Ross Macleod called for people to stay safe around the water.
"We really feel that that number is too high and we need to do something about it," he said.
The campaign will be launched in Brighton today by England rugby player James Haskell who said: "This is about being smart and safe when you are there."
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There are calls for school holidays to be staggered to help cut the cost of a summer break and boost tourism in the West Country. Leading figures in the trade say a longer season would cut traffic jams while boosting visitor numbers.
A campaign to stagger school holidays across the country in order to ease pressure on the tourism industry is growing.
Owners of holiday accommodation say demand during the peak weeks can lead to many visitors being disappointed by a lack of choice.
Tourism leaders want the government to adopt a co-ordinated approach to scheduling holiday times.
A major campaign to reduce VAT on hotels and attractions to 5 per cent has begun, to help the South West's tourism industry.
Its backed by local businesses and many of our MPs. Some European countries offer a much lower tax rate, which means it's often cheaper to holiday abroad than stay here. Seth Conway reports.
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.