Thursday, 17 April 2014

Impact of wind turbines: report says Welsh tourism fears ‘unfounded’

  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

Wednesday, 09 April 2014

Domestic tourism figures released for 2013

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

Monday, 07 April 2014

Inquiry into the public forest estate in Wales

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. Read More

Wednesday, 02 April 2014

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

Saturday, 19 April 2014 By Chris Osborne

Convention Centre

The latest announcement of plans to build a convention centre at Celtic Manor includes 30,000 sq m over three floors and 1,500 car parking spaces. The development promises 150 jobs on completion. This proposal is apparently justified by the area then being able to compete against the convention centres found in cities such as Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool and Glasgow. But the proposal is not in a city centre, it is four miles outside of Newport city centre. And Cardiff remains stunned that Edwina Hart has offered to match fund the development; it is one thing to build a convention centre in... Read More
Sunday, 13 October 2013 By Chris Osborne

New Minister

Amongst the latest UK Government Reshuffle (or after ths week’s Question Time, perhaps “Shuffle”), Hugh Robertson was moved to The Foreign Office. In case you hadn’t caught wind, he assumed John Penrose’s ministry of tourism just 10 months ago when, Mr Penrose being the ‘one too many in the cabinet when the music stopped’, tourism was added to Mr Roberston's other briefs whch included Sport. And now we have Helen Grant, with her existing briefs of Justice and Equalities bolted on to Sport, and buried somewhere down there is also …. Tourism. Yet again, despite the Prime Minister’s apparent support-for-tourism speech from... Read More
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