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Star Role on World Stage - New US President on his way to Newquay

By Warren Wilkins 20th January 2021

Star Role on World Stage - New US President on his way to Newquay
American President Joe Biden will fly into Newquay Airport on board Air Force One

Newquay will star on the world stage when the leaders of some of the biggest economies from around the globe visit Cornwall for 2021’s G7 summit.

Cornwall Airport Newquay will play an official role during the global gathering at Carbis Bay between June 11 and 13. New US President Joe Biden and leaders from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the UK, as well as invited leaders from Australia, India, South Korea and the EU, will fly into Newquay as they meet to tackle global issues including a post-Covid recovery, debt and climate change.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson plans to use the opportunity to highlight the growth potential of Spaceport Cornwall, which could help attract inward investment.

Newquay MP Steve Double said: “The Prime Minister’s decision to hold the G7 in Cornwall will provide a huge range of benefits for the whole county in terms of international visibility at a time when we will be looking to recover from the pandemic.

“We will be looking to put our best foot forward to ensure Cornwall is seen at its very best when the eyes of the world will be on it.

“In terms of specific benefits to Newquay, the airport will benefit massively with increased use as delegates from all over the world and their support staff arrive.

“It is a real opportunity to highlight the growth potential of this facility, and the Prime
Minister has also been keen to emphasise Spaceport Cornwall as part of Cornwall’s offer, so it is a chance to attract more investment for this project.

“Having Cornwall out there on the world stage will also attract more visitors to our county in the future and Newquay, as Cornwall’s prime resort, will, I am sure, benefit greatly from this in the years to come.”

St Mawgan Cornwall councillor John Fitter, who is a non executive director at Cornwall Airport Newquay, said: “This is brilliant news and will showcase Cornwall, the Cornwall we are all proud of, to the rest of the free world. “I know that everyone who works at the airport is up for the challenge and will do us proud, as will, I am sure, the local community who will
make our guests very welcome.”

Local councillors believe the G7 will be an ideal opportunity to showcase Newquay. Many people are hoping world leaders will spend some time in Newquay as it is customary for delegations to visit local landmarks and attractions.

Mayor Louis Gardner said: “It is fantastic news. “Cornwall is famous around the world and this now puts us even more firmly in the shop window of world affairs and proves Cornwall’s worth as a major international business destination.

“Although the main summit itself will be hosted elsewhere in the county, I have no doubt that Newquay will get its fair share of the action. “It is customary for delegations from individual nations to be spread around the surrounding area.

“This summit will focus on rebuilding the world in a post- Covid environment and it is incredible that Cornwall will be at the centre of that effort.”

Cllr Olly Monk said that as chairman of the Cornwall Airport Newquay Consultative Forum he has had to keep the news under wraps for a while. He said: “The three-day summit promises to be a golden opportunity to showcase Newquay and Cornwall as a whole.

“Visit Cornwall has predicted this will bring a much needed £50 million boost for the Cornish economy.”

Newquay central Cornwall councillor Geoff Brown, the cabinet member for transport, said: “It is a huge honour for Cornwall to be selected to host the G7 summit and a great reflection
on the high regard in which the Duchy is held within national government and the work we are already doing to drive climate change.

“Our excellent airport will clearly play a key role in the travel arrangements for our international guests and the G7 will help promote Cornwall’s tourism, as we seek to recover from the pandemic.”

Cllr Joanna Kenny said: “The world leaders may not surf but I am sure some of the entourage would love to try out Fistral.

“More seriously, Cornwall Council’s ambitious climate action plan and commitment to net zero carbon by 2030, a full 20 years ahead of the UK government target, makes Cornwall the perfect venue.”


By Warren Wilkins 20th January 2021

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