Seymac reports tourism trends

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According to latest figures from Seymac Distribution Services, visitor numbers and spend in Cornwall are starting to pick up.

Seymac MD, Tina Seymour
Seymac MD, Tina Seymour

Redruth-based Seymac, which promotes a range of tourist attractions and events in the Duchy, reported a difficult start to the year, as the stormy weather hit hard.

It highlighted an 18% increase in the number of businesses being closed for March, compared to March 2013.

However this trend started to come down in April, with a 6% increase in the number of businesses being closed for April 2014, compared to the previous year.

In April, it said that more than half of those surveyed reported an increase in visitor numbers for 2014 compared to the previous year, while nearly half reported that visitors’ spend per head was higher, compared to the previous year.

Seymac MD, Tina Seymour, said: “Although it has been a difficult first quarter for the county, with some tough obstacles to overcome, we are hopeful that the rise seen in April will continue through to the summer months.

“We are pleased that most businesses are now open and ready to maximise the summer season.  We believe that the improved weather in April, along with the social media campaign – ‘Cornwall is #OpenForBuisness’, helped to get the county’s tourism back on track.”