The Caravan Club has held its annual autumn parliamentary reception in the Members' Dining Room, The House of Commons. Westminster. The Guest speaker was the Rt Hon Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Culture, Media & Sport. The Chairman of The Caravan Club Grenville Chamberlain and David Amess MP also spoke alongside Sajid Javid. The reception also incorporated the presentation of the 'Certified Location of the Year' Award and 'Sites in Bloom' Awards. Adrian Greason-Walker was in attendance on behalf of the Wales Tourism Alliance. Read More
Professor Terry Marsden is leading the review as Chair of the Review Panel. Adrian Greason-Walker presented verbal evidence to the panel on behalf of the Wales Tourism Alliance on the 21st November 2014. Mr Greason-Walker put the following points to the panel:
The WTA recognise the importance of designated landscapes in terms of their value in attracting visitors to Wales and the ‘halo’ effect it has for the wider product. In a post-recession economy we believe the challenges for designated landscapes remain the same, conservation juxtaposed with encouraging visitors, gaining local engagement and managing them visitors and meeting their needs once they arrive. We need greater clarity of purpose and in the use of resources alongside a reaffirmation of the status of the identified areas is required. Clarity for the visitor; the local; the business man and the taxpayer. There is also a need for clearer accountability.
The stage one report will be delivered to the Minister for Natural Resources in late January 2015, when the Panel’s attention will shift to stage two and the governance arrangements in designated landscapes. Read More
People 1st held a formal reception on 24 November at the Senedd Building in Cardiff Bay. The event was hosted by Julie James AM, Deputy Minister for Skills and Technology and highlighted how effective partnerships between People 1st, employers, learning providers and government are helping to address the skills issues facing the hospitality and tourism industry. The event was an opportunity to network with employers, stakeholders and learners and to hear more about achievements to date. Adrian Greason-Walker was in attendance on behalf of the WTA. Read More
Data for January-September 2014 showed a very positive picture for destinations in Europe, with growth spread across virtually all reporting destinations. Among Europe’s top 10 destinations by international tourist arrivals, Spain, the second most visited destination, has grown by 9% through August, on top of nearly 61m visits reported for 2013. Turkey, ranked number four, mirrors this performance with a 7% increase. Germany, Europe’s fifth most visited destination, has continued its strong track record with current performance at 5%. Greece, number 10, has grown by 16%, partly thanks to the recovery of business travel. Source markets in Europe were the strongest... Read More
WTA Quarterly members meeting 26 March 2015 Time: 2pm start. A light lunch will be served between 1pm and 2pm.
Venue: Meeting room 5, Media Resource Centre (MRC) Oxford...
Visit Wales Roadshow 27 November Marketing Wales 2015
Quay Hotel, Deganwy 10am-4pm
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27 November 2014
Tourism Society Wales Xmas lunch 4 December Time 12.15-3.15
Venue Park Plaza Hotel, Cardiff
4 December 2014
WTA Quarterly members meeting 10 December Time 2pm (Light lunch available from 1pm)
Venue to be confirmed...
10 December 2014