Andrew Campbell, Chair WTA and Adrian Greason-Walker, Policy Advisor met with Chris Evans Labour MP for Islwyn at his Constituency Office to discuss Labour and Tourism. The WTA are keen to establish and work with the Labour Party to move Labour Policy forward toward the Tourism Industry in Wales. Mr Evans was particularly keen to discuss the industry’s contribution to local employment and self employment and recognised its importance in relation to the economic regeneration of the Valleys, particularly Islwyn. Mr Evans emphasised that Islwyn has a lot to offer the tourism industry, particularly in relation to the its heritage, above and beyond its more visible recent industrial past. Other issues discussed included branding,; overseas marketing; the growing impact of on-line travel agencies; VAT and Tourism Training. Chris Evans said that he was keen to continue dialogue and work with the WTA moving forward. The meeting was followed by a trip with Mr Evans around Risca where we met with Peter Heathcote and his Icelandic horses, then moved onto see the progress being made by Ebbw View Eco Stays on their new eco pods.