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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 8:00am 8th July 2012.

An exclusive Pirate FM poll has revealed most people do not think the Olympics will benefit Cornwall.

Just a third think we will feel any effect.

Tourist bosses say it is too soon to know if people fleeing chaos in the capital will head for the southwest.

Kim Conchie from Cornwall Chamber of Commerce said, "We think thousands of people are going to be watching the Olympics [in London] but that still leaves tens of thousands of people who are either not interested or have the motivation about getting out the way of it altogether. I think it is down to Cornwall working hard to market itself as the getaway place during the Olympics."

Pirate FM revealed that the arrival of the Olympic torch at Land's End and through other Cornish towns and villages was worth around £4m to the Duchy's economy. But there are fears that could be the extent of the financial benefit.

Malcolm Bell from Visit Cornwall is hopeful that there will still be bookings to come. He said, "It won't convert those who want to go to London and go to the Olympics but there are lots of other people who might say, 'Actually I want a holiday as well as the Olympics' or 'I want a holiday instead of the Olympics' so we have got to get that message right - have a holiday in Cornwall."

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