More money spent by tourists in South West than anywhere else in UK

October 23rd, 2015

It has recently been found that tourists and day visitors to Cornwall spend more money in the South West than anywhere else in the UK.

The stunning coastline around Cornwall is a big draw to many tourists, and not just for those admiring its beauty. 54 per cent of all water sports activity in the UK takes place in the South West, which is worth £85 million.

Those who enjoy walking and hiking through the county contribute £220 million a year, with only London producing more.

This is the first time that figures surrounding the amount spent on leisure activities by tourists has been released. VisitEngland, VisitScotland and VisitWales compiled and released the data.

Local museums tapped into the historical television programmes currently taking the nation by storm, and based their exhibitions around them. Falmouth’s Maritime Museum, which is located just a short distance from our Cornwall luxury cottages. They saw a 34 per cent increase in their visitor figures, thanks to fans of the television programmes Game of Thrones and Vikings.

As ever, Poldark helped to draw in visitors, with The Royal Cornwall Museum running a summer exhibition that looked at the works of Winston Graham, who of course, wrote the Poldark novels.

If you are looking to see just what makes Cornwall so special, why not book one of our cottages and find out for yourself?


Photo courtesy of Geof Sheppard, under Creative Commons