Impacts of tourism

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    Video caption: Coronavirus: 'Tourists might not return if they feel unwelcome'

    Prof Michael Woods' warning comes as tensions rise between locals and tourists in rural Wales.

  2. Premier inn at Dartmoor rejected

    BBC Radio Devon

    A controversial plan for a new 80-bed chain hotel on the edge of Dartmoor has been rejected by planners.

    Premier Inn want to build a new hotel in Ashburton - just off the A38 at Dolbeare Meadow Business Park.

    But Dartmoor National Park turned down the plans saying it wasn't small-scale tourism and had a poor scale and design.

    People objecting to the project had said the hotel would have devastated the local economy.

  3. Delaying tourist season 'a blow to accommodation owners'

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Delaying or scrapping the tourist season this year would be a major blow to accommodation owners who had made huge efforts to make their premises safe, a leading hotel owner in Cornwall and television presenter has said.

    Alex Polizzi's comments follow a Cornwall Council Cabinet member saying that July was too early to open up the county to holidaymakers in case it helped cause a second spike of Covid-19.

    Ms Polizzi (pictured), television's Hotel Inspector and owner of Hotel Tresanton in St Mawes, said the season needed to get under way as soon as possible.

    Alex Polizzi
    Quote Message: Cornwall has, relatively, a very short season, and business owners up and down the county absolutely depend on those months to put some money in the coffers to see them through the winter. I think it shows a shocking lack of understanding of how tenuous some businesses are to think that we can just write off the summer season and hope we can survive through the winter." from Alex Polizzi
    Alex Polizzi

    The chief executive of UK Hospitality, Kate Nicholls, also suggested that if tourism did not restart by early July, Cornwall's economy will be even worse off "without a significant additional financial package, which, at the moment, is not on the cards" and that up to a "third of businesses won't reopen".

    Cornwall Council is expected to make a statement about the tourist season later. Wednesday marks the first time the cabinet has met formally since lockdown. The meeting is being held online.