TOURISM IS THE biggest industry in the world, and so it is in Cornwall, which harbours exquisite coastal scenery, breathtaking creeks, wooded valleys and some of the best surf in Britain. However, beneath this beauty hides one of the poorest regions in the UK; an area dependent on holidaymakers to bring income to its scattered communities.

The impacts of tourism are less visible than those of the mechanistic industries such as tin and clay mining that prevailed in years gone by, yet they are deep and insidious. Pollution, inconvenience and noise from the nose-to-tail traffic jams along the A30 ...


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