Cornwall’s tourism industry is expected to continue to rise, boosting the economy by £521m and creating up to 8,000 jobs, according to Visit Cornwall.
While addressing the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Malcolm Bell told members there was quite a demand for Cornwall from the US market and work was under way to get more tourists from overseas.
There has been "increased interest" from the Australian market but he said the main focus had been from America.
Mr Bell said: “It has come across as a bit of a new Cotswolds, an area to exploit.”
Cornwall currently has about 4.5 million visitors a year, and the industry is worth £1.5bn, according to Visit Cornwall figures.
Mr Bell also said there had been “missed opportunities” highlighting the large number of dolphins which had been seen around the Cornish coast in January which could have brought visitors to the county.
Councillors admit 'driving over speed limit'
Local Democracy Reporting Service
Two councillors have admitted speeding along one of the main routes into Truro because they didn’t know the limit.
The speed limit of Tregolls Road in Truro came up during a discussion at a meeting of the Truro and Roseland Community Network Panel.
After one councillor noted during discussion that the road had a 30mph limit, Councillor Armorel Carlyon said she thought that it was a 40mph limit and admitted she had often driven well over 30mph.
Councillor John Dyer then admitted that he too had been driving on Tregolls Road at 40mph “like Mrs Carlyon”.
Mr Dyer then criticised the fact that the A390 has variable speed limits through Truro with some stretches being 30mph and 40mph.
Cornwall councillor and cabinet member Bob Egerton was not impressed and said the councillors should take responsibility for their driving.
Weather: Mild, dull and cloudy
It will be a dull and damp start for most but the mist and fog will lift for many to leave a cloudy day with a few outbreaks of light drizzle.
The mist and fog may linger around some coasts and over the hills and moors.
Brightness will be in short supply and is most likely in areas well-sheltered from the gentle south-westerly breeze.
'A third of children leaving primary school overweight'
Local Democracy Reporting Service
Almost a third of all children in Cornwall leave primary school overweight, according to a new survey.
As part of the National Child Measurement Programme, a total of 10,513 children aged four, five, 10 and 11 were measured and weighed in 2017 and 2018 – more than 90% of the children in those year groups.
In the Year 6 group 1,495 were overweight or very overweight – that was 29.9% of those measured.
Of those, 665 were found to be overweight (13.3%) and 830 were obese (16.6%).
A total of 3,462 children in Year 6 – 69.3% – were found to be healthy weight, higher than the national average of 64.3%.
There were 42 children (0.84%) who were underweight.
The figures are included in a report which is due to go before Cornwall Council’s health and adult social care overview and scrutiny committee later.
When letters are sent to parents giving them details of their children’s measurements a leaflet is included to encourage them to contact specialist staff with any questions or concerns.
West country MPs to vote in crucial Brexit debate
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A number of Conservative MPs have announced they will be backing Theresa May's
Withdrawal Agreement in Tuesday's "meaningful vote", having previously
But there was little public sign of the flood of switchers the Prime Minister
would need to overturn the 230-vote majority against her plan in January.
West Cornwall MP Derek Thomas tweeted: "I will be voting for the deal tonight.
I am reassured by changes to the backstop.
"The priority for me is to ensure we leave the EU on March 29th. I also want
to see an end to the uncertainty beginning to have a worrying impact on people
and their business up and down the country."
Scott Mann of North Cornwall said: "I have decided to vote in favour of the
deal despite my deep reservations and concerns about the backstop. I am disappointed that we have found ourselves in this position as a country,
but there is now a real chance that if we do not take the deal Brexit could be
In a video on his Twitter feed, Plymouth Moor View MP Johnny Mercer said: "In
my judgment, the best thing to do today is vote for the deal and try to get this