Residents to have tourism say

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VisitCornwall is conducting research to understand how Cornish residents feel about the impact of tourism.

The research will examine the effect tourism has on communities and on the lives of locals, and will give residents an opportunity to share their views on how they would like the industry to develop.

Funded by Cornwall Council as part of a review into how one of Cornwall’s leading sectors should develop, the research will aid future planning.

Questions will be asked about the importance of key areas such as beaches, the coastal footpath and community events and will explore attitudes toward local areas, leisure facilities, attractions and services.

Head of VisitCornwall, Malcolm Bell, commented: “The visitor experience impacts on many aspects of life for those living in Cornwall and in order for tourism to continue to be a key sector of the Cornish economy and adopt a truly sustainable approach, it is essential that local people are involved in the decision making process.

“I would like to encourage residents to spare a few minutes to complete the survey, so that we can better understand and respond to the needs of our local communities.”

Some 1,100 face-to-face interviews will be conducted and the survey will be available online to all residents in Cornwall from August 14 to October 26 on the Council website.