Baroness Randerson and Mark Williams MP alongside Chris Osborne, Chair of the Wales Tourism Alliance jointly hosted a Westminster Reception to introduce Wales Tourism Week 2015 which takes place from 14-22 March. The event was open to members of the tourism industry in Wales and Welsh MPs.
The Wales Tourism Alliance (WTA) is calling on tourism associations, trade organisations and businesses across the country to plan events that highlight the importance of the industry to during Wales Tourism Week from March 14th to the 22nd.
Speaking at the launch of Wales Tourism Week, the Minister Baroness Randerson said:
“Wales has some of the best beaches, landscapes, castles and cuisine in the UK. Our tourism industry's importance to Wales cannot be overstated and being voted best country in the world to visit by Rough Guide readers was a tremendous endorsement."
Commenting Mark Williams said:
“We have some marvellous attractions across Wales and Ceredigion, which has a vibrant tourism sector - from the coastal path, to the coastline and beaches, the Cambrian Mountains, some of the best food in the world, and attractions such as the National Library of Wales and the soon-to-be-opened Cardigan castle which will be an iconic attraction in West Wales. We have and had always had in Wales the ingredients to entice people to visit, and Wales Tourism Week is a great way to showcase this, and provide a boost to our industry. As Chair of the All Party Group in Parliament on the Tourism Industry in Wales, I am delighted to work with the Welsh Tourism Alliance on this.”
Adrian Greason-Walker, Wales Tourism Alliances’ Executive Director commented,
“With the industry’s help, once again we aim to put tourism at the top of the political agenda at this critical time in the political timetable” said. “We want tourism associations and businesses to contact their local politicians and invite them to meet their tourism community to showcase our fantastic tourism product and emphasise the economic contribution the industry makes to local communities, particularly with regard to jobs and skills’.
“Our tourism product is second to none here in Wales. It is crucial that we make those with the power aware of our contribution to the exchequer and its social importance, particularly to our rural communities who need the income in these stretched economic times.”