Rumours Over Axe For Visit Cornwall

cornwall council bannerTourism leaders in Scilly aren’t showing they are concerned over suggestions that Cornwall Council is cutting back on tourism promotion.

The industry has been buzzing with rumours that their body, Visit Cornwall, is facing the axe and Cornwall Council has issued a statement saying it is committed to supporting the tourism industry.

Visit Cornwall boss, Malcolm Bell, who has family connections on St Martin’s, has regularly encouraged joint working with Scilly. He says the rumours are untrue and they are simply undertaking a, “review to identify priorities.”

Julian Pearce, from Scilly’s Council Tourism Department says he too has heard stories, but he cannot make further comment.

Julian says any potential changes on the mainland won’t make much of a difference to Scilly’s tourism promotion and believes that Cornwall and Scilly are linked in visitors’ eyes. But despite a, “good working relationship” between our tourism department and theirs, it is still developing and has yet to benefit Scilly to any significant degree, he says.

The islands’ tourism promotion is now being handled by the joint council and private sector group, The Tourism and Business Partnership.

Their newsletter, issued last week, spoke of increased working with Cornwall as a ‘win-win- situation.’

Julian warns there is a wider concern that 74% of destination marketing groups in the UK are led by the public sector. He claims research has shown that without local authority support, tourism promotion has suffered or failed at the first significant internal or external crisis.