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Cornwall's Tourism Fears

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 7:01am 6th July 2013.

There are fears that the cuts could take a big chunk out of Cornish tourism.

The government department in charge of bringing visitors to the UK has had its budget slashed by 7%

Pirate FM has already revealed that local councils are losing 10%

Malcolm Bell speaks for Visit Cornwall: "When we have these cuts, we actually have to find alternative ways of doing it and really prioritise very carefully because if we get this wrong and one of the bedrock industries starts to really suffer, the rest of Cornwall will suffer.

"I think anybody doing a cut should actually do a risk assessment and impact; what would be the impact of doing this? It might not be the impact on services but on the economy, jobs and other services."

Local businesses are backing calls for Cornwall Council to help protect tourism budgets, after the national cuts.

Robert Flower, who helped re-open Tintagel Tourist Information Centre after it was shut down in the last round, has this plea: "I should like them to see them ring-fence the tourism and if anything, put a little bit more to tourism. Hopefully they do not take it from the visitor income, like toilets. It seems a silly thing but it's the most important thing for visitors.

"Their income comes from tourism and if they don't continue to protect tourism, I mean, it's just ridiculous. They chopped us in Tintagel. They didn't just cut us - they chopped. The County Council has got to cut in the right places."

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