Published on : Thursday, August 13, 2020
On Saturday, Hywel Williams’ comments come as North Wales Police removed illegally parked cars in Snowdonia once again.
Since coronavirus restrictions were simplified, places like Barmouth and Abersoch have witnessed a big rise in visitor numbers. “We will have to think about what sustainable tourism looks like into the future,” said the Arfon MP.
Darren Millar, member of the Senedd (MS) for Clwyd West, has also mentioned that there was “concern” in terms of coronavirus spread due to sudden rise in people.
However, he informed BBC Radio Wales’ Sunday Supplement programme that without a “bumper summer season” jobs could be at major danger as well.
Campsites and caravan parks have reported being “inundated with calls” with people opting for a staycation as the pandemic has hugely impacted foreign travel.
“It’s about trying to get the balance right, I suppose, between safety and making sure the economy is still able to recover from what has been a huge shock in terms of the lockdown” said Mr. Millar.
“Among some there is anxiety about the significant numbers that they are now seeing in those tourist destinations.”
However he stated that there was also “huge sympathy” with business owners as well as workers in tourism as people “still want them to be able to pay their bills”.
Also, he said that people has questioned whether the authorities could be “tougher” in regards to social distancing, even though he accepted that it was difficult to police due to the “huge numbers”.