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Warm Weather Gives Cornwall A Half Term Boost

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10:03am 3rd November 2014

Tourist bosses reckon the Indian summer helped bring in a bumper half term.

Officials think last week was on a par with previous years when there has been an increase.

Some of that is down to parents trying to escape a fine for taking their children out of class.

Chris Cousins runs Dolbeare touring park near Saltash.

She said: "We have had a wonderful summer, it has been great, lots of people, lots of nice things have been happening, we need this lovely weather to continue and then the bookings will be better.

"It is a very little known area, we've got the lovely Rame Peninsula and Whitand Bay, in the winter. as we're open all year, you can go to the National Trust at Cothele, you can go and do lots of cycling up the Tamar trail, there is lots to do."

Another Cornish B&B tells Pirate FM half term bookings were up.

Bertie from the Badger Inn in Lelant said: "We have been really pleased, we've had a really good summer, I think on the accommodation side we have seen the biggest increases, I think numbers have been up all round, and local businesses seem to have experienced fairly similar.

"We probably dropped from in the summer being 90 to 95 per cent occupancy almost through the whole of the summer period, and I suppose at this time of year it drops down to more like 50 per cent occupancy."

Tourist bosses say more people are coming to the Duchy out of season.

Malcolm Bell from Visit Cornwall reckons last week bookings looked good.

He said: "It has not been perfect weather, but the one thing that is amazing is the base temperature, seeing temperatures of 16 and 17, two or three years ago that is what we were getting in August, so going around in shorts, playing on the beach, playing sports, going into the sea and it still being warm, lots of people are just having a fun time.

"At one time half terms both in October and February were quite minor affairs, but they are very important now, holiday parks will stay open and hotels will stay geared up, I've been out and about seeing lots of people enjoying the beaches, so I think we will have matched last year."

10:03am 3rd November 2014

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