Tourism

Travel boss Don returns from fact-finding mission to Spain to allay “silly rumours”

A travel boss has just returned from a fact finding mission to the Costa del Sol to allay customers’ fears about holidaying in Spain. According to Don Bircham and his wife, Ruth, who run Wrexham-based Hays Travel North West which has  branches across North Wales and the North West, they had a “brilliant time”. The […]

Tourism boss slams Airbnb’s “cynical support” for tourism tax

A tourism leader in North Wales has slammed Airbnb for its “cynical support” for a Welsh Government plan to tax the industry. Jim Jones, the chief executive of North Wales Tourism, described the plan to impose the controversial Tourism Tax as a “flawed idea”. Airbnb have said they back the idea and that they want […]

Staycations boom is good news for Tommy’s camper van conversions

The great British staycation getaway from the pandemic means that business is booming for a North Wales camper van conversion company. Simple Camper Vans, based in Caernarfon, turns conventional vans and SUVs into mobile holiday homes and owner Tommy Chamings has seen demand increase by up to 400 per cent as lockdown has eased. Tommy […]

Tourism leader toasts reopening of pubs but says industry has been let down

A tourism leader is looking forward to welcoming visitors back to North Wales after the easing of  Covid restrictions but he criticised the Welsh Government for the “confusion and anxiety” they had caused. It’s been revealed that from May 17 people in Wales will be able to have a pint of beer or a glass […]

Firms desperate for more clarity over tiers fears

A business leader in North Wales says there’s a “desperate need” for more clarity about the four tier system announced by the Welsh Government. According to Ashley Rogers, the Commercial Director of the North Wales Business Council, the new alert levels were a step in the right direction but many questions remained unanswered. The magnitude […]

Staycations help tourism battle back from coronavirus crisis

Europe’s largest supplier of historical arms and armour says the boom in staycations is helping tourism in Conwy to battle back from the coronavirus crisis. According to Toby Tunstall, who manages The Knight Shop, in Conwy, the collapse of the so-called air bridges has led to an increase in the number of families looking for […]

Boost for hospice after Llandudno’s goats put town on global map AGAIN

Wild goats whose cheeky antics in the empty streets of locked down Llandudno were beamed around the world have become global stars again – in a new media campaign by luxury motor brand Jeep. The herd of Kashmiri goats – which won the town a legion of new celebrity fans including US talk show host […]

Time running out to save the North Wales tourism industry

An expert says the famous Welsh welcome or Croeso will play a key role in reviving the crisis-hit tourism industry in North Wales – but time is running out with 12,500 jobs at stake. Jim Jones, the chief executive of North Wales Tourism, believes the remaining four weeks of the summer season will be crucial […]

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 […]