Coronavirus Update

From 28 February, adults and children aged 11 and over will no longer be required to wear face coverings in many indoor places, with the exception of the public areas of health and social care settings; in all retail settings and public transport. WG will continue to recommend in their guidance that wearing face coverings is one of many behaviours which can help keep others safe, especially the most vulnerable. The legal requirement to wear a face covering, unless exempt, now applies to the following indoor public areas: Retail premises (including financial services providers, post offices and shopping centres);Premises of veterinary surgeons and animal grooming services;Storage and distribution facilities, including […]

Go North Wales Tourism February Trade News

We appreciate that it remains to be an extremely difficult, worrying and complex time for many businesses and individuals across North Wales with the COVID-19 pandemic but please remember that we are here to support you. If you have any questions/queries please do not hesitate to contact us, by email (contacts below), social media channels, online chat on the Trade website or phone. Please email jim.jones@gonorthwales.org.uk; eirlys.jones@gonorthwales.org.uk or deborah.nettleton@gonorthwales.org.uk with any issues etc you may have.Please also make sure that you are kept up to date with all the information as they happen by visiting our  Trade site www.northwalestourism.com and following us on our NWTBiz social media platforms (facebook and […]

New Vice Chair for North Wales Tourism

North Wales Tourism is pleased to announce that Glenn Evans, Director of the Royal Oak and Waterloo Hotels in Betws y Coed has recently been appointed the Vice Chair of North Wales Tourism.North Wales Tourism, celebrated their 30th anniversary in 2021, the organisation represents approx 1500 tourism & Hospitality businesses in North Wales.Chris Frost the Chairman said:“It is a great pleasure to welcome Glenn to the position of Vice-Chair of North Wales Tourism; he has been a valued member of the board for a number of years and his breadth of experience in the industry, especially as one of the largest employers in tourism here in North Wales, will be […]

Lord Burns to lead North Wales transport review

A new transport commission that will develop a pipeline of transport schemes for north Wales has been announced The year-long review will develop recommendations for road, rail, bus and active travel across the whole of North Wales. This step follows on from the advice of the Roads Review Panel to cancel current plans for the A55 Junction 14/15 and 16/16A improvements scheme, which Ministers have agreed. It has also now been agreed which further schemes the Panel will consider as part of their final report due this summer. https://gov.wales/lord-burns-lead-north-wales-transport-review https://gov.wales/written-statement-roads-review-initial-report-and-north-wales-transport-commission-a55-j14-16

Next step in development of tourism tax

The Welsh Government has confirmed a consultation on proposals for a local visitor levy will launch in autumn 2022. The Welsh Government’s Programme for Government, and the Cooperation Agreement between the Welsh Government and Plaid Cymru, both contain commitments to introduce levies. Formal consultation on draft legislative proposals for a visitor levy will launch in the autumn, providing a platform for a range of views to be considered. https://gov.wales/next-step-development-tourism-tax https://gov.wales/written-statement-development-local-tourism-levy

Coronavirus protections relaxed as cases fall 

Wales will gradually begin to relax some of its remaining coronavirus protections as cases continue to fall.  From Friday 18 February, the domestic COVID Pass will no longer be required for entry into indoor or outdoor events and venues, including nightclubs, cinemas, theatres and concert halls. But events and venues will be able to continue to use it if they choose to.  The international COVID Pass will continue to be integral to arrangements for safer international travel. Travellers will need to check the relevant countries’ rules for entry, including any different requirements for children.  From Monday 28 February, the requirement to wear face coverings will be removed from most indoor […]

People and Places Project – Cael Cymru

North Wales Tourism are working with COS (Centre of Sign Sight Sound), a disability charity based in Colwyn Bay which works to help tackle social exclusion. The Cael Cymru programme is a two year funded project: To produce 40 accessible videos of various places of interest across North Wales (at no cost to the site owners) where written English and Welsh are not the languages needed for people who wish to access the information.To provide free and subsidised training to frontline staff in the leisure and tourism industry of dealing with people with a sensory loss or information access need. Full details about the project is attached or you can […]

Smoke-free law changes from 1 March

New smoking laws are being introduced in Wales which affects the tourism industry. From 1 March 2022, all hotels, guesthouses, inns, hostels and members’ clubs must be smoke-free and will no longer be able to offer designated smoking bedrooms. All self-contained holiday and temporary accommodation, such as cottages, caravans, chalets and other short term lettings accommodation will also be no smoking. Owners should therefore have prepared for conversion any of their smoking accommodation/designated smoking bedrooms to smoke-free ready for 1 March 2022 – after this date it will be against the law to smoke in these areas and a fine could be issued. Further information on how these changes affects […]

Virtual Employment Law Update

Virtual Employment Law Update 8th March 2022 hosted by Supertemps and S2 Recruitment with guest speakers from JMW Solicitors LLP Free webinar hosted by Supertemps and S2 Recruitment with guest speakers Simon Bloch and Paul Chamberlain from JMW Solicitors LLP. Areas covered include: Developments in holiday payWorking from home/hybrid working – legal issues‘No jab/no job’ – mandated vaccinationsDigital right to work checksA roundup of important case law over the last year  Tuesday 8th March 2022, 10am – 11.45am via Zoom  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/employment-law-update-2022-tickets-255994986897 The webinar is aimed at HR/personnel directors and managers, business owners and those in charge of staff.

Visits to tourist attractions: 2019 and 2020

The report monitors trends in the tourism attraction sector for 2019 and 2020 in order to provide a greater understanding of the sector. Attractions taking part in both the 2019 and 2020 survey saw visits decrease by 68% on average from 2019 to 2020. Underground attractions saw the largest decrease and outdoor attractions the smallest decrease from 2019 to 2020. visits-to-tourist-attractions-in-wales-2019-2020Download https://gov.wales/visits-tourist-attractions-2019-and-2020