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Cornwall is expected to see a huge rise in so-called staycation tourists as more people in the UK opt to holiday at home rather than abroad.

Over the next three years, the Duchy will see the biggest rise in UK visitors compared to other parts of the country, according to a study.

Research, carried out by property lender Cambridge & Counties Bank, has found that the majority (72%) of UK nationals expect to see an increase in holidaymakers taking domestic, UK-based holidays in 2020.

It means that the Duchy could see a big increase in the number of visitors flocking to the region, thus boosting the tourism industry, which currently supports one in five jobs.

The most common reasons given for the increase in staycations was a drop in the value of the pound caused by Brexit making foreign holidays more expensive (cited by 67%) and a rise in the underlying costs of overseas travel (51%).

Cornwall topped the list of UK destinations that people think will see the greatest rise in UK staycations over the next three years, according to the research (cited by 51%).

The Lake District (43%) and Devon (41%) are second and third respectively (see table below). The study also found that the majority of UK holidaymakers expect demand to be greatest for coastal properties (cited by 67%), followed by rural ones (47%) and those in National Parks (33%).


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