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Impact of Coronavirus 'potentially huge' on Lake District tourism

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Tourism bosses in the Lake District say they’re seeing significant cancellations from overseas visitors due to Coronavirus fears.

Around 15% of tourists are from abroad and although it is hoped more ‘staycationers’ will travel to Cumbria, businesses say the situation is very worrying ahead of the Easter and summer seasons.

Windermere Lake Cruises, which has been running since 1845, says the recent outbreak has put a huge strain on footfall.

tourists coming to Cumbria are from abroad.

Jennifer Cormack, the chair of English Lake District China Forum, says: "The impact we're seeing here at Windermere Lake Cruises due to the Coronavirus is potentially huge.

"We started to see our first cancellations in January, just as it was announced Chinese New Year, and then we've seen a continued amount of cancellations.

"We're also noticing that we're not seeing the same amount of independent travellers coming through and we're not getting our forward bookings coming in either."

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Dan Visser from Cumbria Tourism says the decline in tourists is "very worrying", he said: "Locally we've seen a significant amount of cancellations from visitors coming out of South East Asia, particularly China, where group travel has been banned for the last four weeks now.

"It's very concerning, while none domestic visitors only account to 15% of all the visitors that visit Cumbria, here in the south lakes it's much higher proportion."