Tag: tourism

Coronavirus: Gwynedd seeing ‘rising tourism tensions’

Image caption Crowds are making social distancing difficult in seaside towns like Barmouth, say locals Gwynedd is being overwhelmed by tourists, politicians have warned the first minister. Areas like Abersoch and Barmouth have been particularly busy since lockdown eased. Plaid Cymru has written to Mark Drakeford to express their concerns and locals say “tensions are building” as they try to… Read more →

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Coronavirus: Reopening guide for tourism and hospitality sector

Image caption Northern Ireland’s pubs and restaurants have been shut for months due to Covid-19 Northern Ireland Economy Minister Diane Dodds and Tourism NI have published new guidance on how the tourism and hospitality sectors can reopen safely. The 30-page document has been published ahead of provisional reopening dates. Caravan parks are permitted to reopen from 26 June while hotels,… Read more →

Coronavirus: Tourism economy in Wales on ‘brink of collapse’

Image copyright Richard Hoare/Geograph Image caption Conwy Castle is a key tourist attraction in north Wales Wales’ tourism industry is on the “brink of collapse”, say a group of Welsh tourism leaders demanding a reopening plan from the first minister. Official figures say £6.3bn was spent in Wales due to tourism in 2018 but attractions, shut in lockdown, say they… Read more →

Coronavirus: Could lockdown be eased to help tourism in July?

Image copyright oksanaphoto/Getty Images The Welsh Government “hopes to be able to say something positive” for the tourism industry when lockdown restrictions are reviewed in July, the economy minister has said. Ken Skates singled out 9 July as a possible date for that decision. People in Wales can meet others from another household outdoors but are advised to travel no… Read more →

Coronavirus: ‘Extend furlough scheme to save Welsh tourism companies’

Image copyright Bike Park Wales Image caption The pandemic has been catastrophic for Bike Park Wales, its director says The furlough scheme must be extended beyond October to stop adventure tourism businesses “disappearing off the map” in Wales, a Conservative MP has said. Former Welsh Secretary Stephen Crabb called for the UK government to provide “extra support” for the sector.… Read more →

Coronavirus: Tourism in Wales ‘could struggle until 2021’

Image copyright EllaDuToit/Getty Images Image caption May’s school half-term would normally have boosted trade in tourist towns like Tenby Wales’ tourism sector could “struggle to generate any significant revenue” before next Easter at the earliest, according to the economy minister. Ken Skates said it could be longer, depending on “how soon we can get the virus under control”. Tourism is… Read more →

Coronavirus: UK tourism boss backs call for ‘air bridges’

Image copyright Reuters The boss of the UK’s national tourism agency has thrown her weight behind setting up so-called air bridges with countries with low coronavirus rates. Visit Britain chief executive Patricia Yates told MPs it was an “interesting” idea and indicated the US could be open to agreeing a deal. Air bridges would allow visitors from low-risk countries into… Read more →