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£38m Bank Holiday Boost for Cornwall

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7:01am 27th August 2013

The bank holiday weekend may have been worth £38m to Cornwall.

Hotels and guest houses are reporting bumper visitor numbers.

It is thought more people are holidaying at home after the July heatwave.

The good weather over the weekend also helped boost numbers to levels not seen for years.

Sarah Goodwin runs Seaview International campsite at Gorran Haven near St Austell. She said: "This year has proved it can be, with the right sort of weather, the most beautiful place in the world to be.

"The early part of the season was a little bit quiet and Easter was exceptionally quiet - but it's changed completely. It's a really good year.

"We have some fantastic scenery here - a gentle, sloping coastline and beautiful, beautiful colours. It's lovely to walk the coastal path and there are so many little beaches and coves they can go to. It's absolutely wonderful."

Malcolm Bell from Visit Cornwall said: "We had a very slow start after one of the wettest, coldest winters. We entered the summer quite a long way behind. I think we're gathering pace now but to make this a good year we need it to go on into the autumn and to finish the year on a strong note.

"Last year we lost an awful lot of camping, caravanning people because we had such a dire, wet August."

7:01am 27th August 2013

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