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The 14th May Annual Senedd Reception celebrates ‘Wales Tourism Week 2019’. ‘Cryfder trwy Bartneriaeth - Tîm Cymru’ - ‘Strength through Partnership - Team Wales’ is the theme of this year’s Wales Tourism Week.
The WTA, along with its partners, annually calls on tourism organisations and businesses across the country to organise events that highlight the importance of the industry and emphasise partnership to the political community throughout the week.
This with 19 events planned, they started with a Tourism Wales Coast Path Walk with Huw Irranca-Davies AM & Chair of WTA Andrew Campbell (12th May). This was followed by the launch of Adventure Smart Wales (12th May) and further events include the Swansea Bay Annual Tourism Stakeholder Day (15th May). Roch Castle and Penrhiw Priory are holding Open Day and the Twr y Felin Hotel, St Davids on the 17th May. (For a full list https://www.wta.org.uk/meetings.html).
The highlights of the week are the Annual Industry Receptions. The first of which will be held at the Senedd, hosted by Suzy Davies AM, the Chair of the Tourism Cross Party Group and sponsored by the Caravan & Motorhome Club and Green Tourism. Lord Dafydd Elis-Thomas will be present at the Wales Tourism Week Senedd reception on the 14th May to give a keynote address.
A Westminster reception will then be held in Westminster Hall on the 15th May which will host around 12 Welsh MPs and Members of the Tourism Industry. The event is sponsored by Christina Rees MP, Member for Neath and a keynote speech will be given by Michael Ellis MP UK Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Arts, Heritage and Tourism.
Andrew Campbell, WTA chair, has said: “Success deserves to be celebrated and in Wales, tourism is an undoubted success story. In 2018 overnight, domestic day and international visits to Wales generated over £5 billion in visitor spend and provided jobs for over 100,000 people. It is an industry which sustains communities, strengthens cultural identity, delivers high class visitor experiences within world class natural environments - and which also offers exciting and rewarding career opportunities’.
‘Going forward, tourism businesses can be optimistic. A new tourism strategy, together with significant investment in projects throughout the country, including the new International Convention Centre in Newport, which ensure that products remain competitive, engaging and relevant. But abiding success will only be achieved through partnership, which lies behind the Tourism Week theme. A Team Wales approach, across all sectors, will therefore be key to securing desired outcomes’.
Lord Dafydd Elis-Thomas, Minister for Culture, Tourism and Sport, “It’s very apt that the theme for this year’s Wales Tourism Week is strength through partnership, the collaborative working and strong partnerships which I’ve seen at work in the tourism sector really is to be applauded. As we approach the end of the current tourism strategy it’s clear to see that we’ve achieved a great deal through working in partnership. However, we are now looking at what the visitor economy will look like going forward and how we can work together to shape our strategies to meet the challenges and opportunities for tourism in Wales . Engagement with the sector is vitally important as we cannot deliver tourism in isolation – we depend on genuine partnership, including the private sector, local authorities and many others. Although these are very exciting times for tourism - we are also in uncharted waters and the climate is a challenging one but Wales is equal to the challenge and we can plan for the future together.”
Co-ordinated by the WTA and the tourism industry, Wales Tourism Week is designed to be a ‘celebration of the tourism industry in Wales' as well as raising the profile of the industry, highlighting its huge revenue generating value and the job and career opportunities it provides.
Events can be added to the WTA website meetings page, by simply clicking the submit button and completing the online form - https://www.wta.org.uk/wales-tourism-week-2019.html
For more information, please contact Adrian Greason-Walker, Wales Tourism Alliance, on 07749 785147.