New chair welcomed after turbulent time for the tourism industry in Wales

A new chair has been appointed to lead the Wales Tourism Alliance (WTA) which represents all sectors of tourism industry in Wales. Suzy Davies officially takes over from Professor Andrew Campbell, who has spent more than three years in the voluntary post, on September 9. Mrs Davies is a former Conservative Member of the National Assembly for Wales, now known as Senedd Cymru. Pembrokeshire-based Mr Campbell, a Professor of Practice in Tourism at the University of Wales Trinity St David and a tourism consultant, has helped steer the tourism industry through the Covid-19 pandemic, one of the most difficult periods in its history. “Whilst it is with some sadness that […]

Live Events Reinsurance Scheme

The Government has announced the launch of a new Live Events Reinsurance Scheme which will offer cost indemnification if an event has to be cancelled, postponed, relocated or abandoned due to new UK Civil Authority restrictions in response to COVID-19. All live events including music festivals, conferences and business events are eligible to purchase that additional cover, which will be available alongside standard commercial events insurance. The key features of the scheme are: It will cover live events that are open to the general public and are physically located in the UK. This includes live music events, festivals, sports events, trade shows and business events. Private events such as weddings […]

The Business Visits & Events Partnership (BVEP) launches “Shape of Events” Report

The Business Visits & Events Partnership (BVEP), the umbrella body and advocacy group representing the UK events sector, has today published its Shape of Events Report.The report was sponsored by brand communications agency davies tanner, and contains several headline findings, including: Overall event activity was down 95% across the UK during the past 12 monthsThe BVEP estimates the UK events industry lost £57 billion of value from the pre-pandemic level of £70 billion17% of event and exhibition businesses permanently ceased trading during 2020126,000 jobs were lost during the same period However, the BVEP finds that the pandemic has also been a catalyst for change and innovation across the entire events […]

National Lottery Days Out Campaign

Visit Britain are working with the National Lottery on a UK-wide consumer promotion, to support the domestic tourism industry by stimulating demand for off-season domestic day trips to visitor attractions, excursions, tours and theatres. Attractions, theatres, tours and excursions with an access fee are all eligible to take part, subject to availability and meeting criteria. If you are interested please contact VB to secure your inclusion at Further information about the campaign is available below

Have your say on local taxes on second homes and holiday lets

Views are being sought on potential changes to local taxes which could be used by local authorities to tackle the effects that large numbers of second homes and commercial holiday lets can have in some parts of Wales.Welsh Government are also asking for views and evidence on the criteria used to define a property as self-catering accommodation for local tax purposes. Consultation ends 17 November 2021

Creu Conwy – Creating the Spark, a Cultural Strategy for Conwy County Borough 2021-2026

Have your say on the new cultural strategy for Conwy county. Creu Conwy – Creating the Spark; A Cultural Strategy for Conwy County 2021-2026 is the foundation of the City of Culture bid, and the Council are now embarking on a period of public consultation. Conwy County Council have been working on a new Cultural Strategy that will deliver their priority that Conwy is a County where culture, heritage and the Welsh language thrive. The ideas in the strategy have emerged from conversations with organisations and individuals across the region over the last two years, but it is very much a work in progress. Now it is the turn of […]

Go North Wales Tourism August 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; or 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 and following us on our NWTBiz social media platforms (facebook and […]

A new World Heritage Site for Wales

The slate landscape of north-west Wales has been added to the UNESCO World Heritage List, making it the fourth World Heritage Site in Wales. The new World Heritage Site is a serial property in six parts including spectacular quarry landscapes such as Penrhyn, Dinorwig, the Nantlle Valley and Ffestiniog. It also includes the National Slate Museum in Llanberis, Penrhyn Castle and the famous Ffestiniog and Talyllyn Railways, built to transport the slate from quarry to markets around the world and both later transformed through the dedication of volunteers into heritage railways. Full details of the new World Heritage Site can be viewed on its dedicated website: Wales Slate: World Heritage […]

A new ticketing system is set to be launched to make bus travel easier in North Wales

From Saturday (July 17) one ticket will be valid on buses all across the region. Once passengers have bought their “1bws” ticket from the driver on their first journey of the day, the ticket will then be valid for travel on buses throughout the area. An adult ticket will cost £5.70, a child (or young person with a My Travel Pass) will pay £3.70 and holders of English and Scottish concessionary bus passes will also pay £3.70. A family ticket is available for just £12. One ticket, for all day, valid on North Wales busses in Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Gwynedd, Isle of Anglesey, Wrexham—and on buses from North Wales to […]