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Fuel Fears Hit Cornish Holiday Bookings

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 3:05pm 5th April 2012.

Tourism bosses warn fears over a fuel strike could cost Cornwall five million pounds.

They say it has hit last minute bookings for Easter, which account for ten percent of trade.

Tanker drivers have ruled out action over the bank holiday weekend.

Unions are locked in talks to prevent a walkout in the future.

Visit Cornwall chair Malcolm Bell:

"It's stopped some of the booking that we would have had last week and they've now moved into this week which makes us more vulnerable to the weather. Holidays are very resilient. People tend to stop their booking habits very quickly but equally quickly pick them up once they know the threat is over."

Malcom adds fears of action could put off families travelling from up country:

"Certainly we are in a more vulnerable position because for our main markets around London and Birmingham, we're more than a tankfull away, so if people leave home they're not quite sure if they can get back on a full tank which will make people very nervous."

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