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There are a thousand good reasons for visiting Somerset. Tourism is the second biggest industry in the area. It provides regular employment and contributes greatly to the local economy. We have fine hotels, friendly B+Bs, farmhouses with accommodation, holiday cottages to rent, masses of things to do and see - and fresh air in abundance. The history-lover can trek across the old battlefields on Sedgemoor. Those who crave wide open spaces can get lost (literally) on Exmoor. The sea is never far away, with picturesque ports like Porlock to visit. Good food, friendly folk, and everything for everyone. Yes, the area suffered very badly during and after the Foot and Mouth crisis. But by sheer hard work the tourism industry pulled itself back. The Summer seasons of 2003 and 2004 saw a profusion of those little signs that spell good news - "no vacancies"- but 2005 was somewhat slower. The entire UK tourist market suffered as a direct result of consumer caution after the London bombings in July 2005. Foreign tourists were giving Britain a wider berth. Inter-British tourism was also suffering. The longer term predictions are not, however, anything like so gloomy. The falling value of the £ abroad helps life at home. And at least we've got the scenery on our side !
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