Hoteliers in Cornwall blast plans for £1-a-night tax on tourists

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Cornish hotel owners, bed and breakfast owners and holidaymakers have all expressed their fury over new plans to introduce a £1-a-night tax on tourists.

Cornwall council is discussing the idea to tax every visitor who stays in the county, arguing that is could raise £26 million a year and help improve the area for both tourists and residents.

But critics say that the levy will just keep holidaymakers away.

Gill Jenkins, who runs a bed and breakfast in Bodmin, said she feared a tax would act as a deterrent to would-be visitors.

Julian Peck, a hotelier in Looe, south Cornwall, said a multi-million pound industry would be risked for the sake of 'a quid'. He also pointed out that while £1 a night did not sound like much, it equated to more than £50 for a family of four staying for a fortnight.

Cornwall council has, however, said the idea is not set in stone, telling The Guardian newspaper: 'The suggestion to raise money to improve the local infrastructure in Cornwall by introducing a charge for tourists is not formal council policy at this time.

'It is one of a range of ideas which are being considered by the council, and has not yet been discussed by councillors.'



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With its white sand and frothy rollers, Gwithain beach is a real gem, and a particularly good spot for sunsets. Stretching for more than three miles right up to Godrevy Point, if you get this far you may be lucky enough to see the seal colony. Look out for pods of dolphins, too. Gourmet tip: Stop for a homemade cake at the Jam Pot, a listed historic building overlooking the whole of St Ives Bay.

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By far one of the prettiest, safest and expansive beaches in the area, Mawgan Porth offers fabulous swimming, family surfing and body boarding. Top tip: Book in for a family sufing lesson at Kingsurf – the affable owner, Pete Abell, is an inspiration. Oh, and make sure you have a cream tea at the Merrymore Inn afterwards.

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