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Newquay traders look set for busy season

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: March 13, 2014

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WE ARE open for business – that's the message from traders in Newquay as the resort gears up for a busy Easter period.

After the Newquay coast was battered by storms last month, business owners say the town is ready to welcome an influx of tourists during the Easter holidays.

Malcolm Bell, head of the county's tourism board, Visit Cornwall, said: "It's been four weeks since the last big storm hit us, which is quite an important anniversary.

"Now we're back to the more conventional weather it should kickstart people to take a break and visit Newquay.

"Visitor numbers have been quite sluggish in recent weeks, but hopefully things will start picking up this week.

"I think curiosity will bring people here. People have seen pictures on Twitter and Facebook of what the flooding looked like, so, with the weather being much nicer, hopefully people will turn out to take a look for themselves."

Newquay Zoo said that despite visitor numbers being slightly down on last year, it is hopeful that more people will be drawn to the attraction over the school holidays.

Carl Lamb, of the zoo, said: "The weather's not really affected us. We're lucky that there's not been too much damage, but everything starts again this Easter. It's time for us to start making some money before the summer.

"It's been busy over the weekend and it's busy today – I can see through my window there are lots of people having lunch here today."

The zoo is busy preparing for its Wild Adventure Show on April 14, starring TV presenter Michaela Strachan.

"She'll be here for three days and when she was here last time it was our busiest day last year," added Mr Lamb.

Newquay's Blue Reef Aquarium is also hoping its new exhibitions will attract plenty of visitors in the coming weeks, despite needing continuing repair work to the building's exterior.

"We're very much open. Once you get inside the building everything's fine and we have some very exciting new exhibits," said Steve Matchett, from the aquarium.

"We're having an Easter egg hunt. There will be ten eggs in the tanks for children to find and the winner will get a family ticket to the aquarium.

"We need everyone's support and we need people to know that we're very much open," he added.

Newquay's Chamber of Commerce said it was looking forward to an "excellent season".

Chairman Rachel Craze, said: "I'm really positive about Easter and the coming season.

"There's lots to do here whatever the weather. Good weather is obviously a bonus, but we are open whatever the weather brings, and the reopening of the rail link will, of course, make Cornwall more accessible, so hopefully we'll see lots of visitors."

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