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Old 31st August 2023, 14.36:52   #1-0 (permalink)
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https://news.sky.com/story/amp/ryan-...chief-12951423

According to tourism chief they’ve boosted North Wales tourism by £1b.

But ruined Wrexham allegedly.
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I love this take:

"People used to say that Chester was the gateway to North Wales but Wrexham is the new gateway to North Wales now."
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Earlier this month!

Tourism: Overseas visitors to Wales drop by 33%
By Rob Thomas BBC Wales News https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-66417213


The number of overseas visitors to Wales dropped by a third in three years, new figures show.
International Passenger Survey data, released by the Welsh government, shows there were 33% fewer inbound visitors to Wales in 2022 than 2019.
The amount they spent also dropped by 24%.
Businesses said that while wet weather could deter holidaymakers, a bigger factor was the cost of living crisis.
Sean Taylor, founder and president of Zip World based in Llanrwst, Conwy county, said the six-week school summer holiday was "absolutely essential" for the business.
He added: "The 49 days of summer holidays, including the Scottish holidays, accounts for about 55% of our turnover during the year - it's that important.
"We've had 13 consecutive interest rate rises - it's going to hit people in the pocket."
Mr Taylor said the business, which employs about 850 people across centres in Wales and England, has noted that people are still spending on the daring rides, but are cutting back in cafes and shops.
"We were forecasting probably a 10% (increase) on last year, [but] at the moment, if we can come in where we were last year, it will be a real result," he said.
It is at the cafes and shops at attractions like Zip World where visitors are said to be cutting back
The poor weather has meant a reduction in day-trippers, with Mr Taylor saying it has affected people who would usually have travelled from Liverpool, Manchester and Wirral.
It is a similar story in the middle of the country, according to Roland Rees-Evans, director of Penrhos Park holiday park in Llanrhystyd and chairman of Mid Wales Tourism Cymru.
He said there was "no doubt" he had seen "a bit of a slow down" and, while bookings were on a par with last year, "people are looking for the bargains".
He added that the main issue for businesses was rising costs.
"The cleaning costs, the rates, everything associated with it is actually going up which is obviously squeezing on margins," said Mr Rees-Evans.
"People with mortgages are already struggling and it has its challenges for all of us, not just for the businesses but for everyone in rural Wales and across Wales as a whole."
Office for Nation Statistics data released in May 2023 and published by the Welsh government last week indicated that visitor spend in Wales was estimated to be £391m in 2022, down on the £515m spent in 2019.
Ben Francis of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) said the organisation has called on the Welsh government to rethink the introduction of the planned tourism tax.
"We feel now isn't the time for another barrier to be added in circumstances where we're seeing far lower numbers visiting Wales," he said.
He added that FSB was pleased to see the Welsh Affairs Select Committee back calls for both the UK and Welsh government to improve the marketing of Wales as a holiday destination for overseas visitors.
"We're seeing far lower numbers visiting Wales," says Ben Francis from the FSB
The Welsh government said it was aware of the challenges facing the tourism sector and is working closely with the industry.
It defended the planned visitor levy, adding that it could "make a real difference" by generating revenue.
A spokesman added: "Our focus is on spreading tourism benefits throughout Wales, encouraging increased spend through the year.
"The impact of the economic choices taken by the UK government is having a negative impact on Welsh tourism. The Welsh government is using all the levers at its disposal to support people, families, businesses and communities through these difficult times."
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https://news.sky.com/story/amp/ryan-...chief-12951423

According to tourism chief they’ve boosted North Wales tourism by £1b.

But ruined Wrexham allegedly.
Compare this story with the usual bollocks from the Welsh government.
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Old 31st August 2023, 16.16:30   #5-0 (permalink)
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What makes someone a "tourism chief" ?

Good promo for an awards event though, I assume his company are the ones selling tickets to the night.
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According to tourism chief they’ve boosted North Wales tourism by £1b.

But ruined Wrexham allegedly.
I think it said it was worth around £1B in advertising which is a very different thing.

Also the drop in visitor numbers is probably due to UK visitor numbers dropping. Overseas numbers may have increased?
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I doubt that this will lead to an article in The Spectator written by Mr Kelly or for that matter anyone else.
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I think it said it was worth around £1B in advertising which is a very different thing.

Also the drop in visitor numbers is probably due to UK visitor numbers dropping. Overseas numbers may have increased?
Agreed, and if you spent £1b on advertising you’d likely get a return multiple times greater.

I’ve been contacted by relatives and friends looking to arrange visits on the back of the doc & media attention. I know of people who’ve moved to the area from foreign countries having watched it. A neighbour has an Airbnb that’s seen a big increase. I’d say Wrexham has certainly seen a noticeable increase in tourism over the past 18months.
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Also the drop in visitor numbers is probably due to UK visitor numbers dropping. Overseas numbers may have increased?
It's comparing 2022 numbers with 2019, I imagine if there is any uptick in overseas visitors from the documentary you'd only really start to see it in 2023.
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