Wales Tourism Week

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Dan yr Ogof

Collaborating to compete is the theme of Welsh Tourism Week but will the week offer anything at all to visitors or will it all be about the travel trade talking to itself as it was in Scotland when their tourism week lasted a month?

Wales attracts about three tourists for every man, woman and child living in the country so its importance is obvious. In Pembrokeshire and the area around Snowden it is even higher.

The unusual bank holiday weather (it was warm and sunny in Wales) a week or so ago has already produced a jump in visitor numbers so will the week do the same?

In some cases he answer is that it might.  At the Dan-yr-Ogof  Showcaves , for example, they have joined together with a charity, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and named their newly bought land train which takes visitors around the site, “Charity Express.” This will be opened by the First Minister of Wales and by Eve Myles, the actress whose tv series, Keeping Faith, may have only been seen on BBC Wales but which has been seen over nine million on iPlayer. That should attract a higher number of visitors than usual tomorrow.

But for much of the rest it is business as normal. Cadw, the body responsible for Welsh heritage buildings and which is government run could have made free entry to its sites over the coming weekend as part of Welsh Tourism Week but isn’t. Most of the rest of the events are trade related.

At least the week coincides with the two-week long, Wye River Festival so that it “looks” as though events will be staged because it is Wales Tourism Week.

Perhaps next year, we the tourists will be remembered in not just Wales Tourism Week but that held in Scotland as well and that they both take a leaf out of Visit England’s book and arrange more consumer events.

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