Bank Holiday sun brings the campers out
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British campsites were boosted by the fine Bank Holiday weekend weather, with camping bookings up 17 per cent over last year as the industry recovers from last year's wash out.

Holiday cottages, camping spots and caravan locations enjoyed a boom throughout the UK with tourism bosses predicting over £73 million being spent in British holiday hotspots over the three days.

Malcolm Bell, head of tourism at VisitCornwall, hailed a "real turnaround" in the industry in recent weeks.

"Things were looking pretty dire in mid-June. But there's been a real turnaround over the past few weeks and we've now overtaken last year," he said.

With the UK seeing some of its best weather this year with largely clear blue skies and warm temperatures, it was a far cry from 2012 which saw one of the wettest summers since records began.

Tracey Parker, of Parkland caravan and camping site in Kingsbridge, South Devon, praised the weather for a "very good summer".

"Camping has always been popular, but the recession has actually been good for us because it's meant families with young children want to go away for a few days at a cheap cost," she added.

Lawrence Bird, who works at a caravan and camping park in the Padstow area of Cornwall, added that the weather has a "big impact" on visitor numbers.

The surge in business has also been attributed to a staycation boost, with people opting to stay at home and take advantage of what their local area offers.

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