Wales Tourism Week on the agenda in Wales and Westminster. This year’s Campaign to drive the Wales tourism industry higher up the political agenda will be launched on the 11th May as 'A celebration of our tourism stars'!
The Wales Tourism Alliance (WTA), the voice of the tourism industry in Wales, is coordinating Wales Tourism Week in association with Visit Wales and the tourism industry. Held annually to raise the profile of the tourism industry and to highlight its huge revenue generating value and the opportunities it provides for jobs and careers, the theme aims to highlight the stars of tourism in Wales.
The WTA and its partners are also engaging pan Wales with Further and Higher education to talk about the opportunities that the industry can collaborate in, to encourage more youngsters into the industry particularly in the light of the potential impact of BREXIT. However, it is not only about the under 25’s, WTW is about demonstrating to persons of all ages that Tourism and the wider Visitor Economy is a rewarding and lifelong career with abundant opportunities for employment that suits every level of aspiration.
There will be a week of coordinated activities engaging with politicians, senior government officials, colleges, schools, businesses, tourism associations and destination management organisations.
Adrian Barsby, Chair of the WTA said “We want tourism associations and businesses to engage and showcase the fantastic breadth and depth of talent we have here in Wales. This is what really counts and what makes us able to deliver that vital economic contribution to Wales and our local communities. Unlike other industries Tourism benefits reach all parts of Wales’.
The week-long series of events which will start with a launch in the Senedd (11th May) and finish with a tourism summit in Mid Wales on the 18th May. The summit will be opened with a keynote speech from Ken Skates, Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure.
The Economy Secretary, said: “Tourism touches all parts of Wales and the geographical spread of employment generated by the tourism sector is one of its key strengths. It is the number-one industry in some rural communities, sustaining the local economy and culture. Tourism makes a vital contribution to the Welsh economy and is one of the Welsh Government’s priority sectors to grow the Welsh economy. Wales Tourism Week plays an important part in raising the profile of tourism as a key employer and a career, I look forward to meeting representatives from the industry during the summit next month.”
The theme of the summit itself will be about internationalism and seek insight into future trends and challenges facing the industry. With the support of ColegauCymru, the Further and Higher Education Colleges will be celebrating their international links with programmes of work experience and learning journeys. This includes both Welsh students travelling the world and our colleges hosting students from around the world.
In recognition of the international theme we are also delighted that Secretary of State for Wales and Under Secretary of State have offered also Ty Gwydyr in London to host a reception on the 16th May celebrating tourism in Wales.
A full listing of the events taking place can be found on the Wales Tourism Alliance website http://www.wta.org.uk/wales-tourism-week.html The WTA along with its partners is calling on tourism associations, trade organisations and businesses across the country to undertake events that highlight the importance of the industry over the Week. So if you want to add your event please contact firstname.lastname@example.org letting us know the date, time and location.