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Posted on 17/05/2018 by David

Beautiful Bryn Dowsi cottage above Conwy was the setting for a unique launch event last Friday (12 May). North Wales Holiday Cottages was delighted to co-host a reception to launch Wales Tourism Week (12 - 20 May 2018) with cottage owners Beryl and Dafydd Roberts.

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The reception saw Assembly Members Janet Finch Saunders and Mark Isherwood, members of North Wales Tourism and local self-catering property owners convene to discuss the importance of tourism to the Welsh economy.

Held annually, Wales Tourism Week raises the profile of the tourism industry, highlighting its huge revenue generating value and the opportunities it creates for jobs and careers.

At the reception guests had an opportunity to tour Bryn Dowsi, a charming Welsh farmhouse situated in the rolling hills above the medieval walled town of Conwy. The property is set on a working farm which raises Welsh black beef and sheep, giving guests a real taste of life in the country.

During the tour guests were given a glimpse of just what goes into holiday letting - not just the high standards expected by today's holidaymaker but also the hard work put in by owners.

Talks were given by industry representatives, including NWHC's Barbara Griffiths. Barbara echoed the sentiments of Wales Tourism Week, emphasising the importance of tourism to the North Wales economy in particular.

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She stressed the need for ongoing support and investment from local and regional government to help boost tourism, in particular for 'tourism infrastructure' such as parking, public toilets and public transport links.

Barbara said: "Close to 3 billion pounds come into North Wales from tourism, both in overnight stays and from day visitors. Tourists brought just under £8.5 million into Conwy in 2016. Over 42,000 full time equivalent jobs are supported by tourism spend in the region, 12,200 of those in Conwy.

"Self-catering has a bit of a bad press at times, with stories of absentee landlords taking money back over the border; of guests arriving with a car full of food from home; and so on. In reality, most of our properties are owned by local residents like Beryl and Dafydd, either to bring redundant buildings back into use or to retain a much-loved family home. 

She added: "Much of the income generated by holiday home letting is reinvested into the local economy, on services such as cleaners, laundry and local tradespeople.

"Wales Tourism Week 2018 is not only a great way to celebrate our success as a world-class holiday destination but to also remind people just how crucial tourism is for Wales in general."

Images courtesy: Anthony Woodhouse Photography, 2018