Suzy Davies, Chair of the WTA attended the recent Visitor Economy Forum on the13th December 2023.
Dawn Bowden (DB), MS, the Deputy Minister (DB) opened the meeting with a warning that they were facing a £1.3bn (real term) cut next year in the Wales Budget. DB flagged up that difficult decisions lay ahead. The Deputy Minister also acknowledged that all sectors of tourism were already finding it hard.
The Deputy Minister encouraged all to respond to Jeremy Miles MS consultation on the Reform of the school year.
A written statement on statutory licensing is to be issued shortly, we expect it to be along the lines that it will be a registration scheme with modest information requirements.
The issue of the 182 days threshold was raised at length. No answer was given to the question as to whether the policy was actually creating any affordable homes? The WTA, along with PASC UK continue to request that there be a full immediate review of the 182 Day threshold and its impact on the self-catering sector plus its secondary impacts on the wider industry.