Celebrating Rural Development Success - Issue 03 Wales' Tourism with the help of RDP Funding


Sharing Success - Issue 03 Wales' Tourism with the help of RDP Funding

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Welcome to this month's edition of our 'Celebrating Rural' newsletter.

These newletters look back at some of the achievements of the programme over the years and celebrate the difference that the funding has made to Wales' wonderful rural business, communities and the rural economy.

We are concentrating on a different scheme each month and this month we are concentrating on the Toursim Sector and looking at the opportunities the Rural Development Programme has brought to this sector.

We welcome case studies and stories for future publications. Please email ruralnetwork@gov.wales with any contributions.

RDP Funding Schemes that have benefited the Tourism Sector

The Rural Development 2014-2020 Programme offered 4 schemes that helped the Tourism Sector. With Tourism being hit hard during the pandemic, these schemes have offered the chance for businesses to grow, improve or even diversify their offer.

Micro Small Business Fund (MSBF) - an investment fund targeting eligible capital investment projects in the tourism sector in Wales. It could be used either to upgrade existing or create new high quality product.

Support of between £25,000 and £500,000

Regional Tourism Engagement Fund (RTEF) - The Fund was a revenue fund, The purpose of the fund was to work with partners at the destination level to deliver the 10% growth target set out in the strategy.

Tourism Amenity Investment Support (TAIS) - TAIS was an investment fund targeting amenity projects in the tourism sector in Wales.

Support of between £25,000 and £128,000 would be considered. The cap on total eligible project expenditure was £160,000.

Tourism Product Innovation Fund (TPIF) - this was a revenue fund, the purpose of the fund was to work with tourism sector partners across Wales to deliver the 10% growth target set out in the tourism strategy.

Sector Success Stories & Case Studies


Video Stories

Visit Wales - Industry Film (RTEF) - Sept 2017

Visit Wales - Industry Film (TPIF)

Rural Development Programme Case Studies from the Tourism sector

Tourism Development in Neath Port Talbot

Regional Tourism Engagement Fund (RTEF)


Sanctuary in the Sea

Ever dreamed of escaping the rat race and disappearing to a remote island? That’s exactly what twenty-six people did recently when they set off for a wellness weekend on Flat Holm Island.

Micro Small Business Fund (MSBF)


Canvas & Campfires

Experience luxury glamping at its absolute best. Come and discover Canvas & Campfires, hidden on a stunning smallholding, in a tranquil corner of the Cambrian Mountains of rural Wales.


Micro and Small Business Fund stimulus for tourism

From luxurious camping to a 5 star restaurant with rooms and an historic inn - new and refreshed hospitality businesses have opened their doors ahead of the new tourism season with support from the EU-funded Micro and Small Business Fund (MSBF).

Tourism Amenity Investment Support (TAIS)


Refurbishment at Dunraven Bay

The Vales Destination Plan objectives include developing a prosperous visitor economy and with the main beach car park and the car park to the Heritage Coast Centre in a poor state of repair, the local authority recognises the need to upgrade the basic infrastructure of the area to help improve the visitor appeal.

Dunraven Bay - see what it has to offer


Spoke-tacular new mountain bike trail in Mid Wales

The Melindwr Trail is NRW’s first blue-grade mountain bike trail in Mid Wales. It is a five-kilometre, intermediate-level trail suitable for people with previous mountain biking experience.

Tourism Product Innovation Fund (TPIF)


Dog Friendly Tourism in Pembrokeshire

The proposal is designed to strengthen Pembrokeshire’s visitor economy and add value by supporting the development and growth of the dog friendly tourism market in the County.

Dog Friendly Tourism Video



Powys’s Arwain LEADER Funded Project Dyfodol Cambrian Futures provides comprehensive support to local businesses during COVID

Despite the challenges facing so many tourism businesses as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Cambrian Mountains Initiative’s Dyfodol Cambrian Futures project has continued to support local businesses and communities.



Wales Rural Network News provides a round-up of news, information and networking opportunities relating to the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-2020. It helps to facilitate the sharing of common issues and examples of good practice within Wales, the UK and Europe. If you have items to contribute which are related to rural development in Wales, please contact Ruralnetwork@gov.wales


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