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 organised a reception at Bryn Dowsi Farm & Cottages, Gyffin, Conwy on Friday 11th May 2018 at 10.30am with Janet Finch Saunders, AM
  • Tuesday 15 May @ Surf Snowdonia with ‘Behind the Scenes’ event for students
  • Friday 18 May @ NWT office – JVP presenting workshop with Cath Harrison, Managing Director of JVP Group and Jobs in North Wales, will be sharing her top tips on writing an effective CV and nailing interviews, through an interactive You’ll be given the opportunity to take part in an ‘Ask the Expert’ Q&A session, where you can gain even more tips and one to one advice on how to make sure you stand out from the crowd.

Please let us know if you’re planning to organise an event around the week by e-mailing


2018 sees the third year of the North Wales Festival of Gardens, a unique event which brings together the finest gardens within one of the most beautiful regions of the British Isles. The festival this year will take place over a sixteen-day period from Saturday 2nd June until Sunday 17th June.

The festival will be officially opened at the beautiful Bodrhyddan Hall, Rhuddlan on Saturday 2nd June and will include a walk around the gardens, afternoon tea on the lawn, talk by the owner and a guided tour of the house.  Admission to the launch is by ticket only and can be purchased online here.

Numerous events will be taking place at the gardens during the festival period.  For a full listing of these events please visit

Gardens taking part in the festival include: Bodnant Garden, Tal y Cafn; Gwrych Castle, Abergele; Caerau Uchaf, Bala; Penrhyn Castle, Bangor; Crug Farm Plants, Caernarfon; Plan Tan y Blwch near Maentwrog; Portmeirion and  Plas Brondanw  at Penrhyndeudraeth, Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways; Plas Newydd, Llanfairpwll; Plas Cadnant Hidden Gardens, Menai Bridge; Bodrhyddan Hall Gardens, Rhyl; Nantclwyd y Dre, Ruthin; Powis Castle and Gardens near Welshpool, the Centre for Alternative Technology; Machynlleth; The Dingle Garden near Welshpool; National Trust Chirk Castle near Chirk and National Trust Erddig near Wrexham.

For further details about the launch, festival and gardens please visit or call 01492 531731.

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 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!


Digital Map Update

 The Go North Wales Video map is a unique way for your business to be promoted, just one click away from our home page the video map features the promotional videos of our members. This unique feature is available to all members, please call membership to discuss inclusion on the platform call 01492 539067 or email

Wales Rally GB

Dayinsure Wales Rally GB, Britain’s round of the FIA World Rally Championship, is delighted to announce that North Wales Tourism has been appointed as the Official Accommodation Partner for this year’s prestigious event (4-7 October).

Last year’s Dayinsure Wales Rally GB attracted more than 100,000 visitors plus a full 150 car entry with fans and teams travelling from 24 countries to experience one of the most hallowed events on the World Championship calendar.

Being such a global attraction, the rally already brings £9.4m of economic benefit to Wales. The partnership with Colwyn Bay-based North Wales Tourism (NWT) will assist spectators, competitors, teams, officials and media with their accommodation requirements across the region.

It also adds another important partnership to the event’s large engagement with local businesses in the area.

For further information on the event please visit

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

North Wales Growth Deal

Most of you would have heard of the North Wales Growth Deal, our MD Jim Jones as a board member of the North Wales & Mersey Dee Business Council has been working with the rest of the private sector team leads and public sector over the last few years to bring the plan into fruition.

Attached is a snapshot of the priorities that have been developed, which we have a vested interest in a many of them.

The bid is now being taken forward by The North Wales Mersey Dee Business Council in partnership with the North Wales Economic Ambition Board. If you would like any further information about the growth bid please email

International Passenger Survey (IPS)

The latest available data from the International Passenger Survey is available below. This shows the volume and value of visits to the UK by overseas residents for the most recent month and quarter.

The survey is run by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) – monthly data is generally available 7 weeks after the end of each month and quarterly data is generally available 4 months after the close of each quarter.

Quality Assurance Guidelines

The roll-out of the revised Visit Wales Quality Assurance guidelines for the serviced and self-catering sectors has begin in April 2018 following recommendations from a review undertaken by the National Tourism Organisations of Wales, England, Scotland & Northern Ireland and the AA. Also taking into account customer and industry feedback, the revised schemes will see more emphasis on the quality of experience with less emphasis on the provision of facilities.

VW have aligned the revisions to the Quality Assurance schemes with a refresh of the Cymru Wales branded display materials which sees new style external grading plaques, certificates and additional digital branded components which will be issued to all graded businesses.  Business will not need to request the new materials; they will be issued during the early summer months.

For further information on quality assurance

Business Training from You Train

A selection of professional and cost effective training available for businesses in North Wales including First Aid and Health & Safety; Food Safety & Hygiene and Business Skills Workshops.  For more details please contact or call 01745 538953.

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