Plaid Cymru makes direct reference to Tourism’s importance in Wales - ‘Plaid Cymru recognises the importance of the tourism industry across Wales as an employer and in attracting investment into the country. We want to promote Wales as a high quality, sustainable tourism destination with activities and experiences based on our natural resources, our produce, our unique coastline and landscape, and our language, culture and heritage. We will increase funding for tourism promotion for Wales to take its place amongst the best destinations world-wide. Currently, the tourism industry is held back by unfair taxes and a Government that is failing to promote Wales as a global tourist destination. Plaid Cymru want to see tourism VAT on hospitality cut to 9% to put Wales ahead in the international tourism market’.
Plaid also want to improve the tourist experience by ensuring that:
- There is joined-up services and knowledge so that tourists can stay close to events.
- Hotels have access to the latest tourism information.
- That Public transport is available when required.
- The development of locally-run municipal camping sites in our towns and cities.
They also propose the launch of a ‘Celebrate Wales year’ to stimulate tourism across the country.
Plaid Cymru references...
Fair Funding for Wales – They state the Barnett Formula for distributing funding to the devolved nations has been largely unchanged for forty years and is not fit for purpose. Plaid Cymru believes it should be replaced by an Office for Fair Funding, with a statutory obligation to deliver geographic wealth convergence across the UK.
Taxation - Plaid would reverse the British Government’s planned cut on corporation tax. Cancelling the planned cut from 19% to 17% due in 2020. They also propose an increase to the employee rate of National Insurance Contributions for higher rate and additional rate taxpayers from 2 per cent to 4 cent raising an estimated £2bn a year.
Economic Development - Economic powers currently reserved to Westminster that should be devolved to enable to Welsh Government to develop a more coherent economic development strategy to include: The Crown Estate Water Ports and harbours Maritime Coastguard Agency and full control of the Wales and Border rail franchise Network Rail operation in Wales.
A Welsh Migration System - They state ‘Plaid Cymru has consistently called for the rights of all EU citizens in the UK and UK citizens in the EU to be legally protected’.
Broadband - Creating a publicly-owned Welsh Broadband Infrastructure Company to guarantee access to full-fibre broadband to every home and business in Wales by 2025.
Rail - Electrification of all major rail lines by 2030 and they propose a wide range of rail improvement projects including the creation of a trans-Wales railway and a Cross-Rail for the Valleys.
Bus - Expanding the Traws Cymru bus network with high-quality coaches powered by renewable sources of energy.
Electric Vehicle Charging Network - They will invest in a national electric vehicle charging network across Wales, starting the transition towards a wholly electric fleet of public sector vehicles and increased use of private EVs.
The full manifesto can be found here: