Newquay set for busy summer
NEWQUAY is set for a bumper tourism season as more people are opting for a ‘staycation’ holiday.
Malcolm Bell, the chief executive of Visit Cornwall, believes the resort is set to benefit this year, in particular from the weak pound following Brexit and a decline in city breaks due to the increase in fears over terrorism.
Newquay has also heavily promoted itself through the 5,000 Visit Newquay guides distributed across the UK by Newquay Tourist Information Centre in Marcus Hill and through its new website, which is paying dividends.
Holiday parks such as Hendra Holiday Park have invested during the winter to improve their facilities to strengthen bookings for the season.
The resort is already starting to fill up with holidaymakers as the Easter holidays get underway with business benefiting from the influx.
Mr Bell said: “The tourism season is looking promising for Newquay, especially due to terrorism abroad and the popularity of Cornwall. We will see a bounce this tourism season because people abroad take a while to learn the change in the exchange rate following Brexit. The terrorist threat abroad helps Cornwall because it is considered a safe destination.
“They like to go somewhere with their family where they can go and relax.
“I sat on Polly Joke Beach on Sunday and I would regard myself as being the unluckiest person in the world if I had been killed by a terrorist there. People do not want to go to the airport with all that security. City breaks are less popular following terrorism incidents. The chances of people getting caught up in a terrorism incident are low but it is all about perceptions.
“People are saying let’s just have two or three days in Cornwall instead. People do not want to visit crowded areas with lots of different nationals because they think they could be a target. If people were walking along the coastal path and be attacked it would be very random, but we have all been bracing ourselves for another terrorism attack in London.
“At the moment the weather for Easter is quite favourable. It was glorious on Sunday and the weather forecast is looking good so, with thousands of holidaymakers going back saying what a good time they have had, it will bring more people down in the summer.”
Susan Deakin, the manager at Newquay Tourist Information Centre, added: “We look forward to a good season and the town is already getting busy. We have sent out a lot of Visit Newquay guides and businesses are getting a lot of enquiries. The Visit Newquay website has also been getting a lot of hits. There have been a lot of bookings through the website. We are really happy with that.
“The look of the new website is modern and up-to-date with all the latest functions, meaning we are easily able to compete with other towns for business in Cornwall and also some of the bigger websites for counties and regions.
“We are still ranking high in Google, topping the majority of searches, making the new website people’s first choice when looking for information on Newquay.”
Matt Way, the manager at Hendra Holiday Park, said: “I think it is going to be a bumper season.
“We have had a good opening last Friday. Our caravans are nearly full and we’ve got a lot of touring coming in.
“We improved the park during the winter again, investing £1.2 million changing more than 60 vans and added new facilities. The strengthening of our bookings comes from that re-investment.”