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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.

Visit Cornwall could be saved by business takeover

Visit Cornwall which promotes the county's tourism was due to close at the end of next month Credit: ITV News

A deal to save Cornwall's tourism organisation is on the verge of being agreed.

Visit Cornwall which promotes the county's tourism across the UK and abroad was due to close at the end of next month when Cornwall Council ends its funding of £850,000 a year.

The council has been in talks to switch the funding to the private sector.

More details will be announced later today when the tourism minister Helen Grant visits Cornwall.


Tourism bosses anger at plans to cut funding

Visit Cornwall works to bring more people to the Duchy's landmarks and beaches like this one at St Ives Credit: ITV Westcountry

Tourism bosses have reacted with anger to Cornwall Council's plans to stop funding Visit Cornwall.

The authority gives Visit Cornwall £850,000 a year to operate but says it should now be funded by the private sector.

There's uncertainty from the tourist industry as to whether the idea will work.

Plans for how Cornwall Council will make cuts

Cornwall council has been outlining how it intends to save £196 million over the next four years. All areas of the council will be affected by the cuts, which represent around 30% of the budget.

Some services will be protected from the worst of the cuts and given priority status although they will still be affected in some way. They include services for vulnerable people, public transport and road repairs and maintenance.

There will be a two month consultation period before the draft budget is finalised.

We are not in a position that we want to be in. We are forced to make these changes and these savings because of the changes in funding to local government. We are trying to make it as positive as we can by building an efficient and effective council, by creating an ambitious Cornwall which is working for itself to bring improvements and change and a strong economy.

– John Pollard, Council Leader

Thousands of people will be heading to Dorset to watch Olympic sailing and today they're being warned to plan their travel to avoid congestion

As the Olympic flame finishes its tour of the country in London in July, another journey will be getting under way. Tens of thousands of people will be heading to Dorset to watch the sailing competition.Today they're being warned to plan their travel to avoid congestion. Duncan Sleightholme reports


Jonathan Edwards on the Olympic Torch 'kiss'

Former Olympic champion and member of the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (Locog) Jonathan Edwards said: "The torch relay is literally around the corner and it's all systems go." He also explained the moment the torches are held together to pass on the flame:

The kiss is the big moment when the flame is passed from torchbearer to torchbearer and obviously you have to get it right - you don't want the flame to go out.

It's called a kiss. You have to hold them together for about ten seconds to make sure the flame passes and then the next runner runs off for their 300m stint.

– Jonathan Edwards, former Olympic triple-jumper
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