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COVID-19 opportunities for tourism and the environment

April 29, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Turning the Coronavirus tourism lull into an opportunity – income from land now and nature based tourism in the future.

Coronavirus presents unprecedented challenges, but also a number of opportunities. For tourism businesses, particularly those in accommodation, the lull in visitors provides the opportunity to:

  • Prepare for the likely increase in eco-tourism following the pandemic. People will have long suffered the negative impacts of lock-down and will be looking for places to stay that provide head-space, breathing-space, and the opportunity to be close to flourishing nature. How can we be prepared for this trend?
  • Explore a Plan B for generating income from land that will be standing empty this summer. Can land that would normally have tents and camper vans on it be left to grow, and then cut for hay? Can the edible parts of gardens be sold into the booming local fruit and veg delivery schemes?

This workshop will introduce the benefits of regenerating and improving land for nature, explore the tourism opportunities of environmentally-based offers, and navigate through some of the potential income opportunities empty land offers.


  • 10.00 – Welcome, Amanda Goodwin (Tevi)
  • 10.10 – Benefits of regenerating and improving land, Cheryl Marriot (Cornwall Wildlife Trust) + Q&A
  • 10.40 – Environmentally focused future tourism opportunities, Olivia LC (Lower Marsh Farm) + Q&A
  • 11.10 – Potential new income opportunities from empty land, Zac Harris (Gardens of Eden UK) + Q&A
  • 11.40 – Group discussion (All)
  • 12.00 – Next steps and close

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