A great little newspaper article was published yesterday (August 17th 2009) in the Western Daily Press. Local Malmesbury journalist Tristan Cork has canvassed Barbara for evidence on how the recession has actually helped the Wests tourist hot spots positively as more people opt to save cash and stay in the UK.
Amongst other things the poor exchange rate has adversely effected Brits from travelling abroad. According to National Statistics the number of British Citizens travelling abroad dropped by 17%. The British travel website Expedia reported that the areas experiencing highest growth for online searches included Bath and the Cotswold's.
Barbara was quoted 'The good weather in the late spring and early summer meant our visitor numbers were up 70% in the first half of the year. The weather hasn't helped more recently, but people are opting to holiday here or go on day trips'