Cornwall is looking forward to a bumper year for tourism in the region, as
more people start to feel the effects of the recession and look for cheaper alternatives to travelling abroad for their holidays. Cornwall also has the advantage of a mild climate and predictions are that 2009 is going to be a much warmer year than 2008, all adding to the attraction of a holiday in this stunning part of the country.
The global economic downturn has hit the pound hard. Its value against the dollar has dropped by over 30%, from an exchange rate of over $2/£1 in 2008 to under £1.40 today. This means that the era of cheap holidays in the US is over for UK travellers. The pound has suffered against the Euro as well, making holidays in popular Eurozone destinations such as Spain and France more expensive as well. In response, UK holidaymakers are looking at destinations closer to home and Cornwall is on top of many people's lists.
Cornwall has a huge range of holiday options and is a perfect destination for families and couples alike. Its breathtaking countryside, sandy beaches and a sense of myth and mystery all combine to make this an exciting and beautiful part of the world. Holidays in Cornwall offer something for everyone. If you're into outdoor sports such as surfing, Cornwall has some of the best beaches on the north Atlantic coast. Newquay's Fistral Beach is one of the most popular destinations for surfers from all over the world, and its annual ‘Run to the Sun' brings thousands of people together for a weekend of fun and celebration. Rock-climbing, diving and many other outdoor activities make Cornwall a perfect destination for anyone with a taste for adventure.
Other ‘tastes' are catered for in Cornwall as well - the county has a superb reputation for its quality produce, fresh fish and organically produced meat. It's no surprise that some of the best chefs in the world have chosen to make Cornwall their base, including Rick Stein's restaurants in Padstow, which offer some of the most innovative and exciting fish dishes around.