News bulletin: Future priorities for Tourism in Wales – have your say!

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21 May 2019

10 questions

Deadline 31 May 2019 to help us Shape the Future of the Tourism Industry in Wales

In 2020 our current strategy for tourism called Partnership for Growth, comes to an end and so this is the ideal time to consider progress and plan the way forward – a summary of our achievements can be viewed here .  As part of our work towards developing the next set of priorities we want to continue to work with the tourism industry in Wales and the wider visitor economy to explore the challenges and opportunities that face the industry.  We want you to help us develop ambitious new ideas for the future and help us to make difficult decisions about how best to focus our resources.

To assist with this, there are 10 questions we are asking you to initially think about as we plan ahead.  Your responses will shape the discussion and help us to develop a uniquely Welsh action plan for the future of Tourism.  You can find out more here.

So please join in the conversation; start by taking a look at the thought provoking key ten questions in our Let’s Shape the Future document and view the short film showcasing the thoughts of some sector stakeholders to stimulate your own ideas. You don't need to answer all 10 questions but your views are important to us so please provide your feedback hereCloses 31 May 2019.  To provide your views on any specific topic or issue relating to tourism you can email us on

Please also keep an eye on @VisitWalesBiz twitter and help us engage by sharing and using #FutureWalesTourism

First Minister in Conwy Castle for Wales Tourism Week

First Minister Mark Drakeford visited Conwy Castle during Wales Tourism Week 2019 as the Week drew to a close and figures from the Wales Tourism Business Barometer were published -showing an increase in tourism visits and that the tourism industry had an excellent Easter. 

The figures reveal that 85% of tourism businesses surveyed saw an increase or maintained their visitor levels over Easter and Cadw figures for the Easter weekend show visitor number were up 11% compared to last year and revenue was up by 31%. 

The First Minister said: “I’m delighted to visit Conwy Castle during Wales Tourism Week and to see that Easter was an excellent start to the season for the castle and for the tourism industry generally.  A great Easter doesn’t mean we can rest on our laurels for the season ahead – it certainly boosts confidence for the coming season.  Visit Wales’ Year of Discovery campaign continues in key markets, with a particular emphasis on the domestic market – making sure that Wales is front of mind when people are considering a staycation this year.”  Read more.