Wales tourism sector witnesses successful summer

Published on : Wednesday, December 6, 2017

indexThe Tourism Industry Barometer recently found a wide range of businesses and over 42% have greater number of visitors than 2016, while 39% have had a similar level.


If we look at the food venues, they are doing especially good with around 54% feeding more people this year than they did last year.


To top it all, 50% of attractions and activity operators are witnessing greater number of visitors, with 46% of those showing an increase saying their own marketing has assisted to perk up the numbers.


Also, the survey pinpointed that businesses have reported more UK visitors. Thirty nine percent of operators have observed greater number of British people pouring in for their vacations and short breaks in Wales.


After witnessing a strong year, hopes are quite high for 2018 with fifty percent of the respondents expecting more visitors in 2018 and 45% expecting the same figure.


At the time of a visit to the National Botanic Garden, the Tourism Minister, Dafydd Elis-Thomas, heard that the Garden has also had a very successful year witnessing 25% growth in visitor numbers this year.


The Tourism Minister said: “I’m delighted to take on the Tourism portfolio at a time when indications are very positive for 2017.


“In coming to the role I do not underestimate the extremely competitive market place we operate in but tourism in Wales is in a strong position, and these figures give a positive snapshot of how the industry has been performing.


“It’s great news that the Garden has also had a great year and hearing of the plans for future growth is further testimony to the confidence of the industry.”


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