Anglesey’s new blue print for developing tourism will be unveiled at a major meeting of sector representatives this week.
As one of the Island’s largest industries, tourism currently brings 1.6m visitors to the Island each year; supports more than 4,000 jobs and is worth around £280m to the local economy.
The County Council’s new Destination Management Plan (DMP) represents its continued commitment to tourism, despite facing significant cuts to its budget. It aims to build on the work undertaken by the Destination Anglesey Partnership after the first plan was launched four years ago.
As well as focusing on promoting the Anglesey brand and providing an outstanding visitor experience, the new DMP will ensure that Anglesey capitalises on the potential inward investment of Wylfa Newydd, contributing positively to the economic prosperity of Anglesey; and that the island makes the most of Holyhead port’s importance as an international visitor gateway.
Speaking ahead of Thursday’s annual tourism forum, Anglesey’s Tourism and Maritime Manager, Iwan Huws, explained,
“We’ve greatly strengthened our working relationship with the tourism industry since our first Destination Management Plan was launched in 2012.”
“The Destination Anglesey Partnership has ensured much better communication and collaboration with partners including the Anglesey Tourism Association; North Wales Tourism; Visit Wales and many private tourism businesses.”
He added, “The launch of the new Destination Management Plan will ensure that we build on this success and continue to strengthen the tourism sector for many years to come.”
Those attending the event will also learn more about opportunities brought by the National Eisteddfod in 2017 and receive a Tourism Assessment Update from Horizon Nuclear Power.
Council Leader, Councillor Ieuan Williams, said,
“Tourism has always been an important part of the Anglesey economy and it supports many local jobs and businesses. The new DMP shows our continued commitment to tourism despite the County Council still facing significant cuts to its budget every year.”
“Destination Management Planning is about all of us working together to make our Island the best destination to visit, work and play. With this approach, we aim to attract more visitors and ensure they have positive experiences whilst on Anglesey.”
The annual tourism forum will be held at Llangefni Town Hall on Thursday, December 1st 2016.