The Minister for Tourism, Lord Elis-Thomas recently visited Coed y Brenin near Dolgellau to announce an investment of just over £500,000 which will be a significant financial boost to the tourism industry in Wales.
Six projects in Gwynedd have been funded by the Tourism Amenity Investment Support (TAIS) fund and backed by Visit Wales. This project has received funding through the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government.
The projects which will be implemented in 2018/19 include:
- Signage and town trails in Harlech
- Improvement to car parks and public amenities in Harlech
- Upgrading coastal access amenities
- Investing in public amenities in key destinations
- Upgrading tourist information kiosks in two National Trust car parks (Porthor and Porthdinllaen)
- Extending a category blue mountain bike trail in Coed y Brenin, Dolgellau
The aim is to develop quality sustainable tourism facilities that adds value to visitor experience whilst delivering innovation and a sense of place.
The Minister had the opportunity to learn more about the projects from the partners involved. Lord Elis-Thomas said:
“The Tourism Amenity Investment Support scheme is a great way for us to help improve the tourist sector and enhance local facilities and amenities. Quite often they receive little attention, but they provide the basis for visitor experiences in Wales and contribute towards people’s impression of the country.
“Visitors expect that every aspect of their visit is of the highest standard, which includes accommodation, information, toilets and car parks. Managing tourist destinations is key if we are to continue to provide the highest standard of tourist experience according to our ambitious strategy. This funding contributes towards creating better destinations, and I’m very glad to have been able to get a taste of the projects which are in the pipeline.”
Graham Perch on behalf of Harlech Tourism Association, said:
“Harlech Tourism Association are thankful for the support shown by the Welsh Government and Visit Wales through the TAIS fund. This financial support will hopefully be the catalyst in creating and developing an epic experience for visitors and a sense of ownership and involvement for the local community.
“The funding will see new and exciting changes in and around Harlech encouraging people to explore our town and the Ardudwy region. We look forward to moving ahead and working with our partners in delivering the projects identified in the near future. The social and economic benefits, for both local businesses and the community, will enhance the future development of Harlech.”
Andy Godber, National Trust Llŷn Operations Manager said:
“The National Trust are excited by the opportunity given by the TAIS fund to improve visitor facilities at Porthor and Porthdinllaen, two of Llŷn’s tourism hotspots. It’s even more pleasing to see that Gwynedd as a whole will see benefits from the fund given the importance of the industry to the communities in the county.”
Councillor Ioan Thomas, Gwynedd Cabinet Member for Economic Development said:
“There is no doubt that the tourism sector is important to the Gwynedd economy. The latest figures show that the tourism sector in Gwynedd is worth £1billion annually, with 15,557 people in Gwynedd employed within that sector.
“The money received from the TAIS investment fund is of great help to us in improving tourist facilities, and to enrich their experience when visiting Gwynedd. Not only will those that visit the county benefit from this, but also those that live and work in Gwynedd.”