Cornwall tourism chief Malcolm Bell has highlighted the need for continued investment in the tourism infrastructure on the Isles of Scilly.
He said: “Tourism is the biggest industry in the world, as well as the fastest growing, which results in more and more competition. The Isles of Scilly are a jewel in the crown of south west England and it is vital that their future prosperity is ensured through the development of high quality and sustainable tourism.
“Both Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly can benefit from each other with many visitors to the islands using Cornwall for a pre or post stop off visit.
“There are some notable examples of recent investment, such as the £250k upgrade at Tregarthen’s Hotel, which has enabled the vast majority of the bedrooms and bathrooms to be refurbished for the current season, setting a new standard in quality accommodation on St Mary’s. It is this kind of investment that will keep tourism in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly buzzing.”
The hotel’s director, Trevor Richards, added: “Tregarthen’s was opened as the first hotel on Scilly 160 years ago and has continued to lead the market. The investment reflects the directors’ confidence in the future of tourism in Scilly.”
Jeff Marston, chairman of Island Marketing, added: “If tourism in the Isles of Scilly is to prosper, it is vital that we keep making strides forward and improving the customer experience. The new look rooms at Tregarthen’s will help attract new visitors to the islands.”