Cornwall welcomed two million visitors since lockdown restrictions were lifted in July but tourism businesses still face a battle to survive.
That was the message from Visit Cornwall boss Malcolm Bell when he addressed a meeting of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) on Wednesday.
Mr Bell said that being able to open up the industry again in July had meant that the economic crisis had not been as bad as it could have been but warned businesses would still need a lot of support and financial backing to ensure that they can keep job losses to a minimum.
He said in April, May and June the combined loss of the industry in Cornwall was £750million.
Mr Bell said that July and August had been good months for the industry and September “has been stonkingly good”.
He added that October and November were also looking like they could be stronger for visitor numbers than previous years.
Mr Bell warned though that the losses experienced during lockdown were still not being made up and said that in the best case scenario they could recover by May or June next year.
He added: “The worst case scenario is it could push us into a position where the industry faces four winters.”