A Torridge advocate of the Devon tourist industry has said results of her own survey show that the credit crunch might increase holiday visitors to the South West. Anne Tattersall of Torrington is one of three finalists in a competition set up by regio

A Torridge advocate of the Devon tourist industry has said results of her own survey show that the 'credit crunch' might increase holiday visitors to the South West. Anne Tattersall of Torrington is one of three finalists in a competition set up by regional tourist board Visit Devon to find a Devon ambassador.She believes her on-line survey results are an early indicator that the economic downturn could have a positive impact on the UK tourism. More than 1,100 people completed the survey - which she is pictured handing to Lord John Burnett at the House of Lords, a former Torridge and West Devon MP. She feels it is great news for the UK tourism sector.Her survey revealed 70 per cent of those questioned plan holidays in the UK this year, compared to 41 per cent last year.Mrs Tattersall asked Lord Burnett to pass the survey results to Barbara Follett, (deputising for UK Tourism Minister Margaret Hodge) and said: "I am hoping she will pull out all the stops to continue to encourage UK residents to holiday at home.