French flock to Jamaica

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Despite the mixed messages coming out over just how successful the forthcoming holiday season will be, one Cornish venue is reporting a significant rise in visitors from the continent.

Many in the Cornwall tourist industry believe the recession could lead to a rise in domestic visitor numbers this year, while the weak pound will attract our European neighbours. South West Tourism, however, recently urged caution, claiming numbers could actually be down by anything up to 8%.

But the Jamaica Inn, a historic stopping off point on the main road to west Cornwall, says it is seeing a definite increase in foreign visitors, from France in particular.

 The Inn says while it was geared up for an increase in British visitors, the number of continental visitors has surprised them. Managing director Kevin Moore commented: “There has been a big increase in independent travellers in their own cars especially from France.

“They seem very knowledgeable about the country and many have visited Stonehenge and Salisbury Cathedral before heading down to Cornwall. They are generally keen to know more about Cornish history and nearly all of them visit our museum here. Many know about the tin mining history of the region and they seem very interesting in local smuggling stories.”

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