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 Harrop, Power Solutions

Copies of the presentations are available here

Go North Wales Conference – A date for your diary!

The conference will take place at Neuadd Reichel, Bangor.  More details to follow soon.

JATA visit to North Wales

The JATA board (Japan Association of Travel Agents) visited North Wales with personnel from Visit Britain & Visit Wales at the beginning of June.  As part of their itinerary they visited:

  • Quay Hotel Deganwy
  • Alice Town Trail
  • Great Orme Tramway
  • Tour of Conwy
  • Bodnant Garden
  • Bodnant Welsh Food Centre
  • Conwy Castle
  • Caerhun Hall
  • Llechwedd Deep Mine Tour – The Slate Caverns
  • Zip World Adventure Tour
  • Portmeirion
  • Welsh Highland Railway Porthmadog to Caernarfon
  • Caernarfon Castle
  • Tour of Caernarfon
  • Beaumaris Castle
  • Anglesey Sea Zoo
  • Halen Mon
  • Chateau Rhianfa

A workshop was also organised for the delegation to meet some of the trade in North Wales which included: Giant Hospitality; Deganwy Quay Hotel; Baravellis; Rydal School; Trefriw Woollen Mills; Bodelwyddan Castle Hotel; Aber Falls Distillery; Gwinllan Conwy and Go North Wales.

Bedroom Browsers

You should have all received your supply of the Bedroom Browsers and other publications including Gardens North Wales; Great Days Out, Golf in North Wales and Fishing in North Wales.  If this is not the case or if you require further supplies please email or call 01492 573887.

Updating your Details

Our website continues to grow with web traffic to our site from all over the world we are currently up by 80% this year providing not only an in depth source of visitor information but also generating even more business for our members.

Please login and update your entry – remember this is your opportunity to showcase your business through the GoNorthWales website.  If you require a reminder of your login details please contact Anthony Woodhouse on 01492 539051 or email

Facebook/Twitter – Do you Follow Us

Don’t forget, if you are on social media you can follow us on both Facebook and Twitter @nwtbiz @gonorthwales – so if you have any event news or offers, let us know and we’ll promote it to our audience!


Go Direct – Accommodation

Here at North Wales Tourism we are constantly hearing that you our accommodation members are being charged extortionate commission fees by numerous booking channels.

Following discussion with a number of associations a ‘GO DIRECT’ campaign was launched at our AGM in May – ‘Go Direct’ will actively promote and encourage visitors to contact your business direct.

Visitors will see your information published on the GoNorthWales website (No 1 in North Wales for hotels & B&Bs) resulting in benefits for your business and your customer who we hope will be offered the best deal by getting the best rate available direct from yourselves.

New Planning Applications Website for Wales goes live

A new ‘Planning Applications Wales’ website has gone live and will be the portal for submitting planning applications or associated consents to Local Planning Authorities, replacing the Planning Portal. The website has been designed to make it quicker and easier for anyone to make a planning application and forms have been simplified. It is designed to meet the needs of users of the Welsh planning system.

To make a planning application visit planning pages. Guidance on what types of development can be pursued without the need to apply for planning permission along with further information on permitted development, the planning service and building regulations is available on the planning permission pages.

Bank of England Summary

The Bank of England Agent’s Summary of Business Conditions has been published.

The following link is to the pdf file

The Smoke-free Premises and Vehicles (Wales) Regulations 2018

The Welsh Government is seeking views on proposals to extend the areas covered by smoke-free regulations and to remove some exemptions. Most notably they are looking to place a time limit on the exemption that permits designating bedrooms in which smoking is permitted in hotels, guesthouses, inns, hostels and members’ clubs.

The Consultation closes on the 18th August if you wish to make your own submission. You can access the consultation documents and details on the Welsh Government’s website at

Cyber Security Seminars

Two Cyber Security seminars have been organised for Wednesday the 11th of July to help businesses protect their business against cybercrime. The first will be in Conwy from 8am and the second will be in Chester from 4pm. See links below.

About Eirlys Jones

Eirlys is the Commercial Director at North Wales Tourism and can be contacted at or connect with her on LinkedIn you can also follow her on Twitter @EirlysJones5