TV fans flock to Cornwall from around the world
TV dramas such as Poldark, and German shows based on the novels of Rosamund Pilcher, are attracting increasing numbers from overseas to Cornwall.
Malcolm Bell, Visit Cornwall chief executive, said the tourist board is keen to encourage more foreign visitors as they spend twice as much per trip as domestic holidaymakers.
Germany is the dominant market, thanks to the popularity of Rosamunde Pilcher show on German TV. About 102,000 Germans visited in 2016 - up 22% year-on-year - and their spending soared by 17% to more than £49 million. "We are currently seeing increased numbers from new markets such as the US and Australia, which is thanks to the popularity of TV shows like Poldark. It is great to see new markets emerging, as it highlights Cornwall's broad appeal to overseas visitors" Bell said.
The county is seeing several major developments, with plans for expansion at the Eden Project, and permission granted for a "six-star" resort next to the Camel Creek Adventure Park. The Eden Project will open Invisible Worlds in spring 2018, a permanent exhibition that will explore "planetary phenomena beyond the senses".
The Royal Cornwall Museum will turn 200 in 2018 and will celebrate with exhibitions, events, historical re-enactments and re-enacted science experiments.