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The proposed system would require holiday accommodation providers to register their property. It’s hoped the scheme would make tourists safer and combat overtourism.

But could it find yourself putting some tourists off? Malcolm Bell, CEO of Visit Cornwall, spoke to Express.co.uk to clarify the plans.

He said: “I used to be brought up in Cornwall within the 70s and 80s. At the moment, swiftly we were extremely popular, every road into any resort, there have been B&B signs shoved in hedges.

“So then quite a lot of things like fire regulations were brought in as people got involved without desirous about the implications.”

Malcolm said that a recent compulsory registration system would ensure guest safety as providers would should comply with laws.

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He said: “Crucial thing is the security of the guest. With platforms like Airbnb it makes it very easy for people to place their property in the marketplace as a vacation let without fully and even marginally understanding what they’ve done.

“There’s quite a lot of people who have began putting properties on particularly within the last two years in the course of the pandemic.

“That’s resulted in people entering the market and buying houses without realising the security responsibilities.”

Malcolm thinks the plan will protect guests from threats akin to Legionnaires’ disease which will be transmitted in unclean hot tubs.

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As Cornwall was overrun with visitors during 2021, many residents complained that local infrastructure couldn’t cope.

Some local residents have also been priced out of areas as house prices surge to satisfy the high demand for holiday lets.

Malcolm thinks registration could ease the problem. He said: “I feel some people, once they realise what’s involved in a vacation let, might determine to not do it and return to residential letting.

“We’ll even have absolute knowledge of what number of rooms are let loose so I’d hope residents think it’s a positive thing.

“It’s been welcomed on social media by individuals who normally have a go at us. But most likely think it’s too little, too late.”

Malcolm told Express.co.uk it could cost people as much as £5,000 to bring a property up to plain for holidays.

He said: “I feel quite a lot of the entrants entering the vacation market last yr were the worst examples of individuals exploiting the worth issue.

“People heard they might get £3,000 for per week’s rental but in a traditional yr they’ll realise they will’t charge that.

“There’s the cleansing of the property every week and the checking of the property, after which they’ll think it’s not value it.”

Malcolm said if the plan goes ahead it’s going to take holiday let owners around quarter-hour to register their property.

They’ll then be invited to relevant webinars and awareness sessions in addition to educated on the regulations.

The plan can also be supported by the South East Cornwall Tourism Association, Penzance & District Tourism Association, We’re Bude, Tamar Valley, Visit Falmouth and Land’s End Accommodation.

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