The G7 Summit
2021’s G7 Summit will welcome the UK, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the USA, and members of the EU, with India, Australia, and South Korea serving as special guests. This year’s Summit is set to be the first to be held in-person in two years and will hopefully signify the light at the end of the tunnel of the COVID-19 pandemic. The main purposes of this year’s summit will be not only to further cooperation between the countries and groups involved, but also to decide what is best in regard to rebuilding after the pandemic, and the economic and social issues that need to be tackled in order to fulfil such a mission.
Where will the Summit be held?
Whilst the county as a whole will be playing a part, the main sites of the summit are Carbis Bay and St Ives. International delegates will be staying at Tregenna Castle, while the Carbis Bay Hotel and Estate will serve as the base for the summit and its operations. On Cornwall’s hosting duties, Prime Minister Boris Johnson claimed that it is “the perfect location for such a summit”, touching on the region’s central part in the UK’s industrial revolution, and going on to say that “Cornwall will again be the nucleus of great global change and advancement.” Maybe he’s slightly biased given that Carbis Bay was the home of his great-grandparents, but we’ll let the views speak for themselves.
What will this mean for the region?
Visit Cornwall projects that the economic impact for the county will be around £50 million, bringing much-needed hope for the businesses that suffered greatly during 2020. Tourism – the area’s central industry – is set to contribute greatly to the investment, with the county capitalising on the idea of the ‘staycation’, an all-the-more attractive prospect in the current climate. Malcolm Bell, Chief Exec of Visit Cornwall said that the Summit would provide “worldwide exposure” and is “promotion we could never buy”.
What will this mean for businesses and tourists?
Tourists will of course be allowed to visit during the summit and will be welcomed with open arms and the friendly St Ives attitude that has made us such a popular destination and led us to be named the ‘Happiest place to live in Great Britain’ by Rightmove’s ‘Happy at Home Index 2020’. Tregenna Castle and the Carbis Bay Hotel not open to the public during the event and this will mean the closure of Carbis Bay beach as well for the duration of the Summit. However, with hotels such as the St Ives Harbour Hotel and Spa and Trevose Harbour House, and B&Bs such as The Rookery and West By Five, there is no shortage of perfect places to stay in the town. On the weekend of the event we expect quite major disruption and road closures. If you are not staying in St Ives it may be challenging getting into St Ives and probably best avoided until after Sunday.
After a difficult 2020, St Ives will be looking to bounce back, with businesses opening their doors to world leaders, locals, and tourists alike.