Visit Cornwall Chief Executive Malcolm Bell

Some Cornwall tourism businesses may not reopen this year

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Tourism businesses in Cornwall may have to remain closed until next Easter even if the current coronavirus lockdown is ended this summer.

Malcolm Bell, chief executive of Visit Cornwall, said that if social distancing guidelines remain in place then some large attractions may not be able to operate due to the large numbers of visitors they receive.

Mr Bell has also criticised insurance companies which are preventing tourism businesses and customers from making claims for cancelled bookings during the current lockdown.

Gyllyngvase beach in Falmouth
Gyllyngvase beach in Falmouth

And he revealed that Visit Cornwall is lobbying to have the time needed to pay refunds to be extended to help businesses which are struggling.

Mr Bell said he hoped that some restrictions could soon be lifted to ensure that tourism businesses in Cornwall could reopen.

He said: “Cornwall is probably four or five times more dependent on tourism than other parts of the country – twice as dependent than Devon.

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Source: Falmouth Packet

Original publication 24 April, 2020

Posted on NatCorn 14th May 2020

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