Strength through Partnership - Team Wales’ ....That was this year's Wales Tourism Week message and it was taken and delivered to both the Senedd and Westminster. This year 20 events celebrated Wales Tourism Week 2019 which began on Saturday (May 11th). The WTA, along with its partners called on tourism organisations and businesses across the country to organise events during the week that promote the value of partnership and raise awareness of the industry’s importance to the Welsh economy.
The cornerstone launch event was our Wales Tourism Week 2019 evening reception at the Senedd in Cardiff Bay on the May 14th. The reception was hosted by Suzy Davies, AM, chair of the National Assembly for Wales’ Tourism Cross Party Group and the keynote speech was delivered by Lord Dafydd Elis-Thomas, Minister for Culture, Tourism and Sport. The reception was well attended by guests from across the political community and the Tourism Industry.
“WTA’s Launch of Wales Tourism Week at The National Assembly in Cardiff Bay was well supported by both Assembly Members and a wide range of industry sectors. Very informative, an excellent networking opportunity and a true demonstration of Strength through Partnership.” Bob Hill – Sites Director, The Camping and Caravanning Club.
Lord Dafydd Elis-Thomas, “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.”
This was followed on the 15th May by a reception which over twenty Welsh MPs as well as some keen English MPs attended in the Jubilee Room at Westminster Hall. Michael Ellis MP Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport gave a well received keynote speech, alongside Christina Rees MP for Neath - our sponsoring MP. Many thanks to Christina and her team.
Andrew Campbell, WTA chair, said: “We are now entering a post BREXIT era. This brings with it unique challenges and we hope some opportunities. As ever the only real way forward is through effective co-operation between the public and private sectors if we are to move ahead effectively and with a renewed vigour to deliver for our customers and their ever changing needs".
Andrew also referred to the uncertainty in the industry caused by Brexit and urges the Government to adopt a “sensible” immigration policy that allows the continued recruitment of workers to address skills shortages in tourism and agriculture, the futures of which were closely linked. Wales Tourism Alliance represents about 7,000 individual private sector tourism businesses and this week is an opportunity to showcase their work and the contribution they make.
Many thanks to both the Caravan and Motorhome Club and Green Tourism for being WTW 2019 sponsors.