The UK’s best beaches, surfing, miles of rugged coastline and delicious local seafood are all available at the end of the A30 for those travelling down from ‘up country’. Cornwall knows what it does best and does it very well, Kernow a’gas dynergh (Welcome to Cornwall).
Since Brexit experts have predicted that millions more British holiday makers will chose ‘staycations’ over a foreign holiday in the coming years due to the fall in the pound’s value: music to the UK’s tourism industries’ ears.
Surfers will always make the pilgrimage to Fistral and Porthleven beaches, ramblers will always wander down to walk the 158 miles of Heritage coast available but how will the Duchy of Cornwall adapt to cater for the expected 5% rise of ‘staycationers’ (2.5million people) with the majority of these expected to holiday in the UK’s number one tourist destination Cornwall.
Can Cornwall react to the ever changing needs and wants of the British and foreign holiday maker? Or can the Poldark wave last forever?
Last week Cornwall Council gave Alton Towers founder John Broome planning permission for an apparent ‘’six star’’ holiday resort near Wadebridge. The Camel Creek resort would be Britain’s first six-star resort, the scheme will have 236 holiday lodges, leisure parks and a pub spread over 90 acres. The development is expected to create around a thousand new jobs providing a boost to the local economy.
This week Newquay airport bosses stated that a third runway for Heathrow is also the right decision for Cornwall after the Government’s announcement and has been backed by MPs and businesses across the county. The third runway is expected to provide permanent Newquay-Heathrow route which will make travel connections to Cornwall much easier, especially for foreign visitors. Improved connections will prove to be vital to the growth of Cornwall’s tourist industry.
Newquay also remains the front-runner in the race to be the UK’s first spaceport. Commercial space travel is at the forefront of a radical change in how people will travel and holiday in future years to come. Commercial space flight is very much in its infancy, yet only the US has made inroads into capitalising on what could potentially be an astronomically lucrative market, with only the UK and Sweden making plans to build spaceports in Europe, one day Newquay may be one of the world’s leading hubs of space travel and inevitably enticing a huge increase in tourist industry.
With a six-star resort in the works, improved travel connections from Heathrow, potentially one of Europe’s two spaceports along with the world renowned Eden project, the tourism industry is modifying in response to an ever changing world. Pasties are still available too.