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Recent trends in domestic tourism numbers in Cornwall

Specialist Group Tour Operator & DMC for Cornwall & Isles of Scilly

Domestic tourist numbers in Cornwall have been on a steady rise in recent years, with a record 5 million visitors in 2022. However, this trend has abated somewhat in 2023, with visitor numbers down by around 10-15% so far.

There are a few reasons for this decline. First, the cost of living crisis is making it more difficult for people to afford holidays. Second, the rising cost of fuel is making it more expensive to travel to Cornwall. Third, the ongoing war in Ukraine is creating uncertainty and anxiety, which is deterring some people from booking holidays.

Why Cornwall is so popular

Cornwall is a popular tourist destination for a number of reasons. It has beautiful beaches, stunning coastal scenery, and a rich history and culture. Cornwall is also home to a number of popular attractions, such as the Eden Project, St Michael’s Mount, and the Tate St Ives.

Why Cornwall has become less popular in 2023

As mentioned above, there are a few reasons for the decline in domestic tourist numbers in Cornwall. The cost of living crisis, rising fuel costs, and the war in Ukraine are all playing a role.

In addition, Cornwall has become increasingly popular in recent years, which has led to overcrowding and higher prices. This may be deterring some people from visiting Cornwall this year.


Despite the decline in visitor numbers in 2023, Cornwall remains a hugely popular tourist destination. It has a lot to offer visitors, including beautiful scenery, stunning beaches, and a rich history and culture.

Here’s a bonus tip for anyone planning a trip to Cornwall: consider visiting outside of the peak summer season. You’ll find fewer crowds and lower prices.

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Based in Cornwall we’re the only full service destination management company for our region. Recommended partner of Visit Cornwall, the official tourism board, we work with tour operators, agents and individual group leaders offering it as part of complete packages that can include London, Southern England and the rest of the UK & Ireland.

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