Regional and Local Tourism Profiles

A summary of key tourism statistics at regional and local levels for 2017-2019 is available on the Welsh Government website. These reports bring together findings from key tourism surveys, with additional analysis by region and local authority areas within Wales. https://gov.wales/regional-and-local-tourism-profiles-2017-2019 tourism-profile-wales-local-authorities-2011-19Download tourism-profile-north-wales-2017-2019Download tourism-profile-mid-wales-2017-2019Download

Restrictions Business Fund – Reminder

The Restrictions NDR-linked business fund will close on Wednesday 31st March at 5pm. Where feasible, eligible businesses that have previously received ‘Restrictions’ grant will receive automatic payments, however please go to Restrictions Business Fund on your respective LA website to access updated guidance and a web application form. https://businesswales.gov.wales/coronavirus-advice/restrictions-business-fund Link to individual LA sites is below: Anglesey – https://www.anglesey.gov.uk/en/Business/Business-Finance-and-Grants/Restrictions-Business-Fund-March-2021.aspx Conwy – https://www.conwy.gov.uk/en/Business/Restrictions-Business-Fund/Restrictions-Business-Fund.aspx Denbighshire – https://www.denbighshire.gov.uk/en/coronavirus/restrictions-business-fund-ndr-linked-grants-march-2021.aspx Flintshire – https://www.flintshire.gov.uk/en/Business/Business-Rates/Business-Rates.aspx Gwynedd – https://www.gwynedd.llyw.cymru/en/Businesses/Help,-support-and-training/Cronfeydd-Busnes-Cyfyngiadau-Chwefror-2021-Llywodraeth-Cymru.aspx Wrexham – https://www.wrexham.gov.uk/service/covid-19-support-businesses/restrictions-business-fund

Welsh Government ease restrictions

Self-contained holiday accommodation, including hotels with en-suite facilities and room service, will be able to reopen to people from the same household or support bubble. The stay local rule will be replaced by an interim all-Wales travel area, which will remain in place until April 12, subject to the public health situation. For the next two weeks, only those with a reasonable excuse, such as work, will be able to travel into or out of Wales.  The current restrictions on international travel for holidays will remain in place.Other changes include: Six people from two different households, excluding children under 11, will be able to meet and exercise outdoors and in […]

£9m boost for North Wales Metro

More than £9m is being made available to Transport for Wales to take forward work on the North Wales metro, Transport and North Wales Minister Ken Skates announced today. Schemes set to benefit include over £1m to improve rail, journey times between Wrexham and Liverpool. £1.5m is provided towards the new integrated station at Shotton, and £670,000 towards the development of Deeside Parkway. £900,000 is allocated towards a study of the North Wales Coast mainline, with a view to improve journey times on certain services. Just over £1m is available for the Snowdonia Transport Strategy which aims to encourage park and ride, bus and active travel in the National Park. […]

#PlanDiscoverProtect – Planning for the 2021 season

Since the end of last summer, SNPA have been planning accordingly and have been developing plans to manage the predicted challenges facing the National Park this season. This involves a two-pronged approach of operational and communication activities. Operational activities – in co-ordination with SNPA partners. Additional overflow park and ride parking in Llanberis to service Pen y Pass.New customer friendly pre-booking at Pen y Pass following the successful pilot last year.Community master-planning sessions with gateway communities as part of the long term plans to transform the area into one known internationally for it’s sustainable tourism approach.Discussions with our partners, Gwynedd Council and Conwy County Borough Council on providing additional park […]

Town Centres across Wales to receive over £24 million

Welsh Government Ministers have announced an additional £24 million package of support to revitalise Wales’ town centres. £18.4 million of Transforming Towns loan funding will breathe new life into old and empty properties.£3.34 million will help high street businesses grow and embrace innovative digital technology that will help their business thrive as part of the Year of SMART Towns.An additional £3 million will be used to incentivise more North Wales businesses to locate in town centres. A separate £3 million North Wales town centres entrepreneurial fund will incentivise new entrepreneurs to locate their businesses within the town centres of Wrexham, Rhyl, Colwyn Bay and Bangor. The fund comprises grant and […]

Cultural Recovery Fund (CRF2)

Up to £30 million to support Wales’ diverse culture sector through the ongoing pandemic has been announced by Welsh Government. An eligibility checker will go live from midday Wednesday 24 March 2021 via the Business Wales website. The Fund will be open for applications from the week beginning 6 April and will close on the 20 April. Please direct any queries via email to WalesCulturalRecoveryFund@gov.wales and the CRF Team will aim to respond as soon as possible. https://gov.wales/written-statement-cultural-recovery-fund-2021-22

Next Tourism Generation Competition

The Next Tourism Generation in collaboration with Tourism Society Cymru and Planed is giving tourism and hospitality students and 16–25-year-olds working in the tourism sector a chance to win £250.  The competition is open to students enrolled in Wales on courses that have a component relating to tourism or hospitality AND to young people who work in the industry including 16-25 year olds who have been furloughed or recently been made redundant.  English-A4-Next-Tourism-Generation-Competition-2021-posterDownload Full information is available on the website:  https://nexttourismgeneration.eu/event/ntgwales2021/ https://nexttourismgeneration.eu/event/ntg2021-cymraeg/ Deadline to apply is midnight Friday 30 April 2021 

Let’s Shape the Future

Published today – “Let’s Shape the Future: working in partnership to reconstruct a resilient future for the visitor economy in Wales” A new recovery plan for the tourism, hospitality and events sector has now been published. Developed in consultation with the Tourism Taskforce and informed by wide-ranging conversation with other important groups, stakeholders and businesses across the sector, the plan includes a shared partnership framework of essential themes around which interventions will be built to support businesses through short to medium-term recovery. The 8 essential themes include: Supporting business.Valuing people.Reopening safely.Rebuilding consumer confidence.Stimulating and managing demand.Developing local visitor economies.Transforming the sector to be more resilient.Developing tailored recovery plans. Given the […]