Cornwall set to swamped with 'staycation' holidaymakers, study finds

Updated 29 May 2020 | by Will Bradley

Cornwall is set to be overrun with British tourists this summer, who will swap their holiday abroad for a 'staycation', a new study has found. 

Clickstay, an online holiday rentals marketplace, spoke with 711 holidaymakers who usually go abroad for their summer holiday. 

19% of respondents said they would book a holiday to Cornwall instead if the government advises against foreign travel this summer. Other popular destinations include Devon, Dorset, Cumbria and Scotland. 

"It is unlikely that Cornwall's infrastructure could cope with such a massive influx of tourists. The risk is that these tourists spread the virus among local residents and overwhelm the NHS's capabilities in the area. Ultimately, this could lead to government-enforced restrictions in the region", said Tom Hughes, founder and MD or Clickstay. 

The results of the survey will be unwelcome news to many local residents, who have already raised concerns about second home owners spreading the virus.