UNESCO status for Wales’ Slate Landscape

UNESCO status for Wales’ Slate Landscape

A commission for 300 of the finest welsh slate coasters to be produced for a nomination exhibition for the UNESCO Slate Landscape Heritage bid at Westminster this week. Inigo Jones are proud to support the nomination, as the slate industry is an iconic feature of North Wales, and it’s products have literally ‘roofed the nineteenth century world’. As an application was made to the Department of Culture, Media and Sport in Westminster back in 2010 for the industry to be included on the UK’s list of tentative World Heritage Sites to be submitted to UNESCO. The UK’s tentative list was formally presented to UNESCO in January 2012. The process of […]

Caer Rhun Hall To Open in August

Caer Rhun Hall To Open in August

North Wales Tourism member and North Wales’ newest luxury accommodation, Caer Rhun Hall, a three-storey, late-Victorian mansion with a private house atmosphere, opens to the public on 8 August.    The Grade II listed building was acquired two years ago and has undergone an extensive, multi-million pound refurbishment, creating 32 bedrooms in exclusive surroundings. The hotel will add further rooms in the grounds, growing to 76 by the end of 2019. Nestled in the heart of the Conwy Valley, the hotel is surrounded by magnificent countryside, with uninterrupted views of the mountains of North Wales and bordering Snowdonia National Park. Built close to a protected Roman site, Caer Rhun (pronounced “Care […]

Is too much sunshine good for business?

Is too much sunshine good for business?

What a beautiful day it was to be beside the seaside; a bucket and a spade for the creation of a sandcastle or two. These props were used by Chris Dearden BBC Wales reporter on Colwyn Bay beach at 8am yesterday morning. It was a radio broadcast, so I guess the listeners had to take our word that two grown men really were building sandcastles on the beach, but at least it made the sound effects more authentic. The question: “Has the hot weather helped tourism in North Wales this summer?” We spend so long moaning about the rain and the changeable weather and the lack of sunshine in Wales, […]

Business Opportunity

Business Opportunity

JAC Travel, a major inbound operator, are looking for B&Bs in North Wales to work with them in offering accommodation to their guests on self-drive tours, due to increasing demand.  Their overseas partners are forecasting interest and growth for Wales in 2019, and so JAC are keen to get extra accommodation in place now. JAC Travel work on a net rate basis.  More details about the company and how they operate are in the attached information. If you are interested in developing your international visitors, then it is an opportunity worth looking at.  This opportunity has come as a direct result of the work LHA has been undertaking in generating […]

Trade Update – June 2018

Trade Update – June 2018

AGM Trade Meeting Our annual tourism business seminar this year was held at Bodelwyddan Castle Hotel, Bodelwyddan on Thursday 24 May 2018. Speakers included: Steve Hicks, Bank of England Agency for Wales Simon Wingett, The Dragon Project Chris Marshall, Snowdonia Distillery Davina Carey-Evans, Festival of Discovery 2019 Mike Kent, Arriva in Wales Network with like-minded people Gather information from trade stands There were 5 vacancies to serve on the board of North Wales Tourism The following were elected onto the Board of NWT: Tanya Keith, The Management Centre, Bangor; Sarah Ferguson, Bryn Llewellyn Guest House, Betws y Coed, Ruth Higgin, Ty Mawr Tearooms, Llanddeiniolen Lucy Miller, Llanfair Hall and Jan […]

Wales tourism week, on site at Bryn Dowsi Gyffin

Wales tourism week, on site at Bryn Dowsi Gyffin

As you may know it has become customary in recent years to celebrate the importance of the Tourism Industry to Wales by designating a particular week as Wales Tourism Week.   Purpose of the week is to highlight the importance of the industry to Wales in income and job generation and in supporting our cultural identity.  Wales Tourism Week is held annually to raise the profile of the tourism industry and to highlight its huge revenue generating value and the opportunities it provides for jobs and careers. To celebrate Wales Tourism Week Janet Finch-Saunders, AM for Aberconwy and Mark Isherwood, AM for North Wales will be visiting Bryn Dowsi Farm Cottages […]

Green light for adventure glamping lodges

Green light for adventure glamping lodges

The Slate Caverns at Llechwedd, Snowdonia, is set to launch a unique, luxury adventure glamping site featuring six safari-style glamping lodges. Planning permission has been granted by Gwynedd Council and construction of all six glamping tents is well underway, with the first these expected to be completed in a matter of weeks.  The glamping lodges will welcome their first guests from June 2018. The five-star accommodation will be located on a hillside above The Slate Caverns adventure hub. Guests will enjoy panoramic views across the Vale of Ffestiniog and Snowdonia mountains by day, with some of the best star gazing in the world by night. The glamping site sits on […]

Trade Update

Trade Update

Wales Tourism Week 12-20 May 2018 The theme of this year’s Wales Tourism Week is ‘Collaborating to Compete’ which aims to highlight the power of partnerships across the industry. Co-ordinated by the Wales Tourism Alliance (WTA), there will be a series of events throughout the week held by the industry to highlight how different enterprises within sectors co-operate, provide excellent self-employment and career opportunities as well as customer service excellence. Tourism businesses are being urged to organise events that highlight the importance of the industry and emphasise partnership during Wales Tourism Week. Events already confirmed in North Wales include: North Wales Holiday Cottages in partnership with North Wales Tourism have […]

Great Britain Tourism Survey, January to December 2017

Great Britain Tourism Survey, January to December 2017

Introduction This report provides provisional results from the Great Britain Tourism Survey for the full 2017 year and is an update of the results published in the last quarterly report for the period January to September 2017. In future, we will be publishing the results from Great Britain Tourism Survey alongside the results from other tourism surveys in a new combined quarterly tourism statistics report. This will be a more comprehensive report that combines the latest quarterly statistics from all of the main tourism surveys and aims to provide better context for the results from the individual surveys on the performance of the tourism industry. The first combined report will […]

A Tourism Tax For Wales?

A Tourism Tax For Wales?

The UK tourism industry has one of the world’s highest tax burdens. Most European countries have significantly reduced VAT on their tourism industries to encourage growth, employment and revenue. The imposition of higher taxes has been shown to inhibit growth, employment, revenue and holiday-taking. Tourism outperforms all Welsh Government (WG) priority sectors and is the country’s second largest employer. A proposed tourism tax will damage its economic performance, brand and prospects. It will also increase social exclusion, undermine policies to create a more healthy and active Wales, limit opportunities for economic growth in Welsh-speaking heartlands and disproportionately impact those least able to afford to take a holiday. Click on image […]