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7:02am 24th February 2014

Pirate FM has learnt the wild weather may have cost us millions in missing half term visitors.

Visit Cornwall says takings are down around 20% - and that could cost the Duchy dear.

One Looe hotel has told us it has had no-one in for the school holiday, aside from guests for a funeral.

The Rivercroft fears it is because of all the publicity around the floods and storm surges.

Glen Cairns is from the hotel. He told Pirate FM: "Over the years we always get busy no matter what it is - whether it's a recession or what. But it doesn't seem to be happening this time.

"I think there's been a lot of bad publicity in the area. They think we're up to our ankles in water and the roads are closed.

"We have a couple down for a funeral - and that's it. Apart from that it's quiet. People are phoning up asking if the roads are still open down here.

"We're probably down 100%. It's normally busier than this by a long shot."

Visit Cornwall's Malcom Bell says businesses have complained only the worst of the storms have been shown on TV.

He said: "There is still confusion with people thinking you can't get to Cornwall. We've got extra buses and coaches, we're doubling the flights - but people still pick on the rail line is cut off, therefore Cornwall is cut off.

"I suspect we're probably something in the region of 10-20% down, which is weather related. It's an important week, which is worth around £28m normally, so it might be down to £25m, which is very valuable."

But some places report a bumper half term.

The Polurrian hotel in Mullion said it had been busy. Yvonne Colgan told Pirate FM: "There were actually very few cancellations because access was still very good coming down to Cornwall.

"In fact we actually had people staying for additional nights because they were enjoying stormwatching so much."

7:02am 24th February 2014

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