One of the UK’s most popular attractions in Cornwall, the Eden Project, has announced that it will be cutting up to 70 jobs after visitor numbers dropped last year.
This is the first time since 2001 that visitor numbers have fell below the million mark in a year. Eden Project stated that it is making job cuts as part of an effort to reduce annual costs of £2m.
A statement from the charity and social enterprise said: “Far fewer visitors came to Cornwall in 2012 due to a combination of the Olympics, poor summer and autumn weather and the lasting effects of the recession. This, coupled with enormous pressure on income in the charity sector and the well-documented challenges of fundraising in the current economic climate, have made it necessary to make substantial cuts to the cost base.”
Eden Project opened its huge green houses to the public in March 2001. By June of the same year, they had over one million visitors. Over the years, the number of visitors steadily increased. By its 10th birthday, 13 million people had passed through its door.
Following a public vote in 2012, the Eden Project won the best UK leisure attraction category at the British Travel awards for the second consecutive year. The recent announcement of job reductions will reportedly not just affect the attraction, but also the local economy.