Brexit – what will it mean for Cornwall and tourism?

Visit Cornwall has been involved with round table discussions to meet the challenges of Brexit head on and to do everything possible to exploit opportunities.

Organised by Cornwall Council, the tourism-focused discussion was one of eight SWOT analysis meetings between business leaders and the public and voluntary sectors.

As well as discussing the potential risks for the future posed by Brexit, the meetings have also begun to identify some of the positive opportunities when Article 50 is invoked.

These round table discussions were initiated by an informal ‘futures’ group that itself grew out of a Brexit Breakfast held in July, convened jointly by the Bishop of Truro and Council Leader John Pollard.

There’s a second such summit planned for February, so an even wider group can come together and look at the coordinated findings of this work.

The House of Commons Select Committee on Exiting the EU, chaired by former shadow foreign secretary Hilary Benn MP, has agreed to come to Cornwall in the New Year to look at this coordinated activity, and discuss the situation with a range of local people.

Examples of the positive opportunities spotted, and the risks identified that need to be carefully managed for tourism, culture and heritage are:


  • Building on international links and reputation
  • Welcoming tourists from beyond Europe
  • Capitalising on current exchange rates that make the UK a favourable holiday destination


  • Workforce uncertainties, as the hospitality sector relies on a lot of seasonal workers from EU countries

Tourism Industry Council Brexit Paper
The Tourism Industry Council has also been busy preparing apaper presenting their view on a range of issues and opportunities for the tourism industry associated with Brexit. The paper will be used by DCMS officials in their briefings with officials from DExEU and will be updated as things progress.

Read the Tourism Industry Council Brexit Paper