Wales Tourism Week

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Caernarfon Castle  - one of the wonders of wales that will be open this week

Caernarfon Castle – one of the wonders of wales that will be open this week

This is Wales Tourism Week, a time when those in the industry try and persuade elected politicians that they need support, more awareness, additional financial incentives, the abandonment of APD and reduced VAT on tourism services.

It should also be a time where they remind the world how important we are as tourists and visitors and remind us of all the places that we should be out and seeing. The same will apply when England and Scotland hold their tourism weeks during the next month or so.

I have looked in local newspapers up and down Wales and found very little about what might be happening this week. I have looked at Visit Wales and there is nothing there either. Wales is promoting this year as the Year of Adventure. The adventure is trying to find out about Wales Tourism Week. Yes, it mentions the free entry to heritage sites on St David’s Day but that is linked with the national day and no reference is made to the Week.

The Wales Tourism Alliance says, on its website, that there will be a photographic competition for -19 year olds but gives no details but announces that a list of events happening in the Week will be posted by the end of January (At the time of writing it is February 26th!)

the National Botanic Gardens near Carmarthen - another tourist attraction now that spring flowers are in bloom

the National Botanic Gardens near Carmarthen – another busy tourist attraction now that spring flowers are in bloom

Thankfully North Wales Tourism has more information. It mentions the photographic competition and that there will be events at Greenwood Forest Park, the North Wales Mountain Zoo, Dan yr Ogof Show Caves, the National Library of Wales and Blaenafon Cheese Company.

When the Welsh minister in the House of Lords, Lord Bourne visited the National Museum of Wales last week he called on people across the UK to choose Wales as a holiday destination but a comment from a former Welsh minister, Baroness Randerson, won’t help. She has been appointed to conduct a review into Welsh tourism and is quoted as saying, “The disadvantage is that we don’t have a vast number of tourist visitor sites, we don’t have a vast number of old houses, shall we say, in comparison with England.”

Could this underselling of Wales explain why there is so little about Wales Tourism Week in the press and on tourism websites?

Just for the record, Just about Travel thinks that there are hundreds of places to visit in Wales. Don’t be put off by the lack of publicity. Get out and enjoy as much of the country as you can.

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