The Leader of the Welsh Conservatives today held the latest in a series of community engagement forums – in Llandudno.
Aimed at connecting with communities and organisations the length and breadth of Wales, each forum focuses primarily on a key issue.
Today, a number of key players in the North Wales tourism industry – as well as representatives from a host of local organisations – have discussed issues of local and regional importance and debated ways to improve the tourism sector.
Local Assembly Member Janet Finch-Saunders and Welsh Conservative Policy Director Suzy Davies were also in attendance at the forum, which was chaired by Andrew RT Davies.
The Welsh Conservative Leader said:
“This is just the latest in a long line of successful community engagement forums which take politics out of the Cardiff Bay bubble and debate real issues on the ground across Wales.
“Tourism is an extremely important source of income across North Wales and we need to find ways to improve the industry.
“There is more potential that needs to be tapped by Labour Ministers and much more discussion and liaison is required between the government and communities right here in the thick of it.”
Mr Davies went on to highlight the important role of Visit Wales and marketing our country.
“Visit Wales must engage, respond and communicate far more effectively.
“Its website needs urgent improvement and increased traffic – and government advertising and marketing needs to change dramatically.
“As of February, the only airport the government advertised Wales within was Cardiff - where travellers have just set foot on Welsh soil.
“It is absolutely crucial that Carwyn Jones’ government improves its tourism strategy – reaches other markets – and helps places like Llandudno maximise their very real potential.”
Relevant Written Assembly Question response below – received on February 6th.
Andrew RT Davies (South Wales Central): Will the Minister a) detail the airports (UK and international) in which the Welsh Government currently purchases advertising space; and b) provide a breakdown of cost per airport and type of advertising. (WAQ62115)
Edwina Hart: We currently only purchase a mixture of advertising space at Cardiff Airport.