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Hotel Inspector highlights business benefits of the South West Coast Path

The South West Coast Path is celebrated in the next episode of The Hotel Inspector presented by Alex Polizzi after her latest project to improve the operations of the Atlantic House hotel in Bude.

The episode is due to air next Wednesday July 13th on Channel 5 at 9pm and it includes a talk from Chris Lucas, the Area Representative for the north Devon and Cornwall stretch of Coast Path between Braunton to Bude. Addressing a group of local people and visitors, he can be seen highlighting the natural assets of this world class route, which Alex believes is a key attraction for improving the business owner’s fortunes.

During the filming of this episode, Alex spoke with the Director of the South West Coast Path Association, Esther Pearson, who explained the value of the Coast Path to the region’s tourism economy and to the hotel in question. This popular walking route, which runs alongside the Atlantic Hotel, attracts over 8.7m tourists a year who spend more than £468m with local businesses.

The potential benefits this attraction could bring to any hotel that is directly linked to it, was a point that was not lost on the Hotel Inspector herself who says;

“Businesses along the South West Coast Path benefit enormously from tourism – they directly benefit to the tune of £468m a year and the truth is all of us has to contribute. It is to the benefit of your business to join the South West Coast Path business membership scheme.”

Alex pledged her support for the work of the Association with a video that can be seen on the charity’s website along with information about its work to promote and protect the Coast Path. There has been a 30% cut in the core budget to maintain the trail in the past 5 years, making the work of the Association increasingly important and its membership is key to its success.

To help support the charity’s fundraising efforts, you can join Alex on a 10-mile Coast Path walk from St Mawes, as part of the South West Coast Path Challenge this October, which will be led by Steve Crummay of Explore in Cornwall.

Find out more about the benefits of membership, the 10-mile Challenge walk and how you can help to protect the South West Coast Path on the website southwestcoastpath.org.uk

The Hotel Inspector series 12, episode 7 featuring the Atlantic House in Bude is due to air on Wednesday 13th July 2016 at 9pm on Channel 5.

Picture caption: Chris Lucas, Trevor Rounding, the Hotel Inspector Alex Polizzi, Esther Pearson and Steve Crummay.

Published on: July 8, 2016