Tourists worried about booking flights for holidays abroad this summer could bring a welcome boost for Devon tourism, according to Visit Devon.
The voice of tourism in the county, Visit Devon says that the combination of the travel crisis caused by the Icelandic volcanic ash cloud and the current good weather in Devon has led to an increase in bookings for self- catering and hotel accommodation. Many businesses are reporting an increase in bookings of up to 70 per cent, however Visit Devon also acknowledges that the business tourism sector has suffered some losses and cancellations.
The General Manager of Visit Devon Rosie Bates believes that despite the recent difficulties for some businesses the outlook for the tourism market in Devon is positive, “Although bookings are down in the business and conference sector, the tourist sector has benefited from uncertainty about travelling abroad and the good weather has definitely also helped. Bookings are up and we are very optimistic about the summer holiday trade.”
Devon is easily accessible by rail or road which has proved attractive to many British tourists put off by flying abroad and who feel reassured that they will be able to return home safely following a relaxing break at some of the county’s outstanding accommodation and attractions.