Business Tourism Wales
Wales Tourism Week 2014 a Royal Success with HRH Prince Charles appearance.
This year’s annual week of events, coordinated by Wales Tourism Alliance (WTA) and organised by its members, culminated with the appearance of HRH the Prince of Wales on Friday 28th February at Llanelly House, Llanelli. The visit organised by the team at Llanelly House saw the Prince review the results of a 10-year restoration project on the early 18th century Georgian Town House.
The Week focused on the importance of the tourism industry in the local community and was an opportunity for tourism businesses across Wales to engage with their local politicians as well as those with national stature. Tourism trade bodies, associations and individual tourism operators joined to invite local politicians to see at first hand the contribution tourism makes to the local economy and to learn more about the issues facing tourism operators.
Appearances were made by UK Government Politicians; Assembly Members and local Councillors. The Week completed on the 3rd March at Croft Holiday Park, Reynalton, Kilgetty, when Edwina Hart Minister of Business, Economy and Transport officially launched the new restaurant and leisure facility.
WTA Chair Chris Osborne said, ‘Wales Tourism Week is the industry’s opportunity to focus on relaying the message of tourism’s importance in the Welsh economy and employment. And in rural Wales, tourism often provides the social hub, the only jobs and the only source of economic activity. So this has been an opportunity to shout loud to our local politicians about how crucial our businesses are to Wales’ future economic, employment and social prospects’.’.
The Week kicked off the series of events, when Baroness Randerson, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Wales visited the National Roman Legion Museum in Caerleon and then went onto Tredegar Park for a private tour with the National Trust. On 28 February, Secretary of State for Wales, David Jones MP visited Chirk Castle to see at first hand the work of the National Trust and to meet operators.
On 28 February the attractions sector led by WAVA Chair Steve Bristow, GreenWood Forest Park, near Caernarfon, met Alun Ffred Jones AM and Hywel Williams MP for a tour and to discuss tourism issues.
The Wales Tourism Alliance would like to thank all who participated in making this year’s Wales Tourism Week a success.
HRH Prince of Wales visits Llanelly House, pictured with Chris Osborne and Adrian Greason-Walker.
Secretary of State for Wales David Jones MP visited Chirk Castle.
Baroness Randerson visits the National Roman Legion Museum, Caerleon, pictured with Manager Dai Price and Chris Osborne Chair WTA.