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Cornish Holiday Booking Fears

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7:01am 26th May 2013

Pirate FM has seen figures which suggest holiday bookings in Cornwall are taking a big hit.

According to research from accountants' Bishop Fleming eight out of ten tourism businesses saw a drop in trade last year.

And this year ninety percent are reporting fewer or no change in bookings.

Sue Connolly who runs a guest house in Falmouth said it has been a tough year so far: "It's been quite bad. The weather's been so cold. There aren't so many people about, takings are down and if it wasn't for the contractors that we have who are working in the harbour I think it would be quite dismal and I think a lot of people are like that this year."

She added it has a big knock on effect: "Some of the restaurants are closed in the middle of the week. Now that's unheard of. Normally you get the cafes open, you get the restaurants open and I think a lot of business people will be suffering this year, unless the weather improves dramatically."

The majority of visitors Pirate FM spoke to in the town said that they had booked at last minute, were staying with friends or were staying in friends' second property to save money.

Jane and Anne are down on a golfing holiday: "We booked two weeks ago. It was a chance meeting with an old friend. He said he had an apartment down here so we thought we'd come. But I think the weather puts people off. We didn't expect wall to wall sunshine, but it's been fabulous. We're coming back in October."

7:01am 26th May 2013

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