May I firstly extend every good wish for a very happy and enjoyable festive period.
2019 has been an interesting and fast paced year. Political uncertainty has dominated, but as the year draws to a close, a clearer direction emerges. Technological developments have continued apace with conversations about the use of Big Data dominating. Aspirations set out within the UK Sector Deal to create a Tourism data Hub are therefore to be welcomed. Climate Change concern has rightly intensified and has challenged the way we live and work. In summary, as we enter 2020, tourism businesses have much to think about, reinforcing the view that the launch of the new WG Tourism Strategy at the end of January 2020 is well timed.
The WTA has continued to consult, collaborate and communicate with interested parties to further the cause and to protect the interests of the sector. Progress to date:
We were delighted that Jim Jones has accepted the position of Vice-Chair and may I take this opportunity to record my thanks to our Policy Advocate Adrian Greason-Walker for his support and unstinting dedication, which is of such value to members – and to Eirlys and Ffion in North Wales Tourism for providing such effective and efficient administrative expertise.
Finally, a date for your diary, next year’s Wales Tourism Week Reception will be held from 12:30 in the Senedd on the 7th May 2020. We look forward to seeing you there.
Nadolig Llawen a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda!
Andrew Campbell – Chair WTA