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

Written Questions by Sam Rowlands, North Wales MS

Please find attached written responses to three written questions below, that Sam Rowlands, North Wales MS submitted to the Minister for Economy, Vaughan Gething:  Sam Rowlands (North Wales): What assessment has the Welsh Government made of the impact that current alert level 2 COVID-19 restrictions are having on the tourism sector? (WQ84164) Sam Rowlands (North Wales): In light of Wales being at COVID-19 alert level 2, what additional support is the Welsh Government providing to the tourism sector? (WQ84165) Sam Rowlands (North Wales): In addition to the Wales International Inbound Tourism Fund, what further action is the Welsh Government taking to promote Wales an international tourism destination for 2022? (WQ84166).  Vaughan Gething […]

Phased easing of Covid restrictions to continue – First Minister 

Wales will complete the move to alert level 0 on 28 January  From Friday 21 January, Wales will move to alert level 0 for all outdoor activities. This means:  Crowds will be able to return to outdoor sporting events. There will be no limits on the number of people who can take part in outdoor activities and events. Outdoor hospitality will be able to operate without the additional measures required introduced in December, such as the rule of 6 and 2m social distancing The Covid Pass will continue to be required for entry to larger outdoor events attended by more than 4,000 people, if unseated, or 10,000 people when seated. The Covid Pass is […]

COVID-19 Economic Resilience Fund (ERF) Business Support – December 2021 – February 2022 Eligibility Checker

The ERF is targeted at businesses in the hospitality, leisure and attraction sectors and their supply chains who have been materially impacted by a greater than 60% reduction of turnover between 13th December 2021 and 14th February 2022. The funds seeks to compliment other COVID-19 response measures to support businesses, social enterprises and charitable organisations in Wales. The ERF will support: Businesses impacted between 13th December 2021 and 14th February 2022 and closed by regulations from 26th December 2021.Event Space and attractions materially impacted between 13th December 2021 and 14th February 2022.Other businesses with greater than 50% impact on turnover between 13th December 2021 and 14th February 2022. And (applies […]

Emergency Covid Financial Support Including Newly Established Businesses

In late December WG issued statements about the £120m financial support that has been made available for businesses impacted by Omicron, they are now able to confirm that subject to meeting the eligibility criteria the funding will also be available to newly established businesses. The Welsh Government recognises that there is a need to support those who started a new business in the summer months.The funding will provide a potential lifeline to those who have recently established their business and help them to continue trading through the period 13 December 2021 to 14 February 2022 despite being impacted by the spread of Omicron. To be eligible businesses must have been […]