Coronavirus costs £100m in lost Easter takings

The coronavirus lockdown has cost tourism in North Wales £100 million in lost takings over the Easter bank holiday weekend, it’s been revealed. Jim Jones, the chief executive of North Wales Tourism, says many tourism businesses were telling them they may not survive the economic carnage caused by the pandemic. Traditionally, Easter marked the beginning […]

Mold couple look back on 20 year journey with their travel firm

A COUPLE from Mold are looking back on a 20-year journey with their high flying independent travel firm which booked a record £100m worth of holidays last year. Don Bircham and Ruth Ward of Hays Travel North West opened up their first branch on The Cross in Mold in January 2000. It remains one of […]

Famous five adventure firms kick start campaign with promise of 500 new jobs

A major tourism campaign to promote North Wales as the Adventure Capital of Europe has been boosted by news that five top attractions are planning to invest £30 million and create 500 new jobs over the next five years. The famous five – Adventure Parc Snowdonia, GreenWood Family Park, Llechwedd, RibRide and Zip World – […]

Travel bosses party with Peter Andre after scooping top award

Bosses from a North Wales-based independent travel agency partied with Peter Andre after scooping a top award for the third year running at a prestigious industry conference. Don Bircham and Lindsey Barber of Hays Travel North West, which has its head office in Wrexham and runs stores across North Wales including Rhyl, Colwyn Bay, Mold, […]

Special award for narrowboat legend Peter

A narrowboat legend was honoured at a glittering ceremony to celebrate a record year in the North Wales tourism industry. Over the years Peter Jones, proprietor of Jones the Boats, has ferried tens of thousands of passengers over the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct which is a World Heritage Site. But after more than 25 years, the 83-year-old […]

Iconic hotel hailed as perfect wedding venue

An iconic hotel was honoured at a glittering ceremony to celebrate a record year in the North Wales tourism industry. Portmeirion, in Minffordd, near Porthmadog, was among the winners from Gwynedd to be honoured at Go North Wales Tourism Awards when it was crowned the best wedding venue in the region. The hotel is the […]

Sweet taste of success for chocolate entrepreneur

A young chocolate entrepreneur has enjoyed the sweet taste of success at a glittering ceremony to celebrate a record year in the North Wales tourism industry. Tim Winstanley, 27, was named as the Young Tourism Person of the Year at the Go North Wales Tourism Awards after he set up a new-chocolate based visitor attraction. […]

Downton Abbey-style historic hall in Flintshire is top place to get married in Wales  

A DOWNTON Abbey-style historic hall has been officially named at a national awards as the top venue in Wales to get married, for the second year running. Soughton Hall in Northop, Flintshire, was also a regional winner again at The Welsh National Wedding Awards, claiming the title for the best venue in North Wales as […]

New Bond between ancient castles will boost North Wales economy

An historic agreement to twin two ancient castles – one in North Wales and the other in Japan – will help attract more visitors from the Land of the Rising Sun and boost the economy. The arrangement to partner Conwy Castle and Himeji Castle, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites dating back to the 13th century, […]