The impact of onshore wind turbines on the tourism industry in Wales is “negligible”, according to a report commissioned by the Welsh government. Evidence analysed by consultancies Regeneris and The Tourism Company showed that “a clear majority of people” do not react negatively to wind farms or choose to holiday elsewhere because of them. Case studies near wind farms in Powys, Anglesey and the South Wales Valleys “have not revealed any evidence of significant impacts on tourism to date” “The majority of visitors are positive or indifferent about wind farm development,” the study said. Although there was some anecdotal evidence of visitors staying away... Read More
Following two years of very strong growth, GBTS figures for domestic tourism show that visitor numbers and expenditure were both down 3% to 122.9m and £23.3bn respectively.. December 2013 figures 10.3 million domestic overnight trips in Great Britain, down 14% compared with 12.1 million trips in December 2012. Bednights fell by -14% to 32.5 million, expenditure was also down by 20% year on year, falling from £1.9 to £1.6 billion. The weather could have been a factor for the decline since December was the wettest on record since 1978 and the windiest December since 1969, with heavy rain and frequent gusts of 60-70mph in... Read More
The National Assembly for Wales Environment and Sustainability Committee is undertaking an inquiry into the public forest estate in Wales. More information on the inquiry and how to submit written evidence is available on the Committee’s website. http://www.senedd.assemblywales.org/mgConsultationDisplay.aspx?id=120&RPID=1003431971&cp=yes... Read More
Carl Sargeant statement on Discretionary Powers for Local Authorities to Increase Council Tax on Second Homes
Carl Sargeant, Minister for Housing and Regeneration has published his summary of responses to the consultation which the Welsh Government has conducted regarding council tax and second homes. The summary is available at:
The WTA is concerend this could impact on the Self Catering Industry and will be seeking clariication as to whether the sector is included in the proposals.
He states, 'Following consideration of the matter and the impact which second homes may have on the supply of housing at a time when so many individuals and families struggle to attain a home of their own, the Welsh Government has tabled an amendment to the Bill to provide Local Authorities with a discretionary power to charge a higher rate of Council Tax on second homes'. Read More
Tourism Society Symposium - Liverpool 2-3 June 2014 Title: The role of tourism and culture in creating economic success
Monday 2 June
Tuesday 3 June
Programme details http://www.tourismsociety.org/event-details/300/the-tourism-symposium-2014.htm...