The boom in stays in the South West is expected to continue in the fall, according to new figures from the St Austell brewery.
The Cornwall-based company said hotel bookings in the West Country more than doubled for the period September to November 2021.
Regional hotel bookings for this three-month period saw a significant increase compared to 2019, the most recent “normal” year.
The Center for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) has predicted that spending by tourists, both international and domestic, in the second half of this year will reach up to 83% of pre-pandemic levels in the Southwest.
St Austell Brewery expects that after a period of evolving restrictions on international travel, many travelers will stick to UK stays in the West Country during the autumn months as the safer choice and reliable.
Some of its top hotels – like the Atlantic in the Isles of Scilly, the Pedn Olva in St Ives, and the Mason Arms in Branscombe – are already almost full until December.
Since fall and winter are generally a quieter time for tourism in the southwest, popular Cornwall destinations such as St Ives and Padstow are much less crowded after a busy summer season.
Kevin Georgel, Managing Director of St Austell Brewery, said: “Persistent uncertainty over international vacations and concerns over the changing list of overseas travel means that vacationers continue to opt for the safer and more option. most reliable UK vacation.
“Concerns about the environment and all those playing their part in preventing climate change are also encouraging more customers to book national vacations and to minimize the number of vacations abroad.
“We also believe that a rediscovery of the delicacies and adventure the West Country has to offer, from beautiful coastlines to fantastic local food and drink, is behind the trend.
“British tourists have flocked to us over the past few months and are seeing for themselves that there is no place like Cornwall and the South West for the perfect getaway.”
St Austell Brewery, famous for its flagship Tribute Pale Ale, is Cornwall’s largest hotel business, with 180 pubs, inns and hotels in the southwest. It is also the leading wholesale distributor of beers, ciders, minerals, wines and spirits in the region.
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Although July and August are generally a peak period for tourism in Devon and Cornwall, the autumn months can still be warm and tourist hot spots such as St Ives, Padstow and Falmouth are often less crowded, said the society.
Additionally, Cornwall is home to great beaches such as Polzeath, Gwithian and Porthminster which will be quieter and with the sea at its hottest temperatures of the year, this is the perfect time for a relaxing day to surf or swim. The South West is also set to host a number of events in the fall, such as the Oyster Festival in Falmouth, the Tour of Britain cycle race and spooky Halloween events across the region. Cornwall also draws visitors during the winter months for its famous light shows at the Eden Project in Par and in the village of Mousehole.