Boost for Llys y Frân

Wales’s Economy Minister, Vaughan Gething, has visited Dŵr Cymru’s Llys y Frân Lake in Pembrokeshire to officially open its newly redeveloped visitor attraction and recreational facilities.

The new development is seen as a boost for the regional economy as it provides facilities where people can participate in water-based activities and new land-based activities. The project was backed with £1.7 million of European Regional Development Funds through the Welsh Government.

The visit followed the First Minister’s announcement on plans to further relax coronavirus restrictions in Wales over the summer.

The Economy Minister said: “The opening of these new and impressive facilities at Llys y Frân come at the perfect time so many people who will be holidaying at home this year. As we enter a new phase of the pandemic, the First Minister has set out a new longer-term plan for the summer which will help to enhance what is already looking to be a successful and busy summer for the visitor economy in Wales.

“However, we still all need to take to take steps to protect ourselves, and to work together to keep Wales safe. This will include making sure that our visitors are aware that Welsh covid rules will apply in Wales and that in some ways these will differ from rules in place in other parts of the UK. We all have a really important part to play to keep Wales, our visitors, workers and communities safe as we head into the summer.”

Figures from the Wales Tourism Business Barometer indicates that after the uncertainty of the past 16 months, the majority (69%) of operators are confident they can run their business profitably for the remainder of the year. There are also promising advance bookings levels for the summer with much available capacity in self-catering booked up for July and August. Businesses have reported high levels of enquiries and bookings – with high demand for long UK staycations.

The Welsh Government says it has provided in excess of £2.5bn funding to Welsh businesses, in a package that has been designed to complement and build on the support provided by the UK Government. In addition the 100% business rate relief package has also been extended until the end of this financial year; this targeted approach, focused particularly on backing small businesses and Welsh communities, has helped protect in excess of 160,000 Welsh jobs which might otherwise have been lost.

Nigel Summerley

Nigel Summerley retired from The Oldie magazine to return to freelance journalism. He previously held executive staff jobs at the London Evening Standard, The Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Telegraph and the Daily Express before freelancing for 20 years for newspapers including The Times, The Sunday Times, The Independent, The Guardian and the ‘i’ paper, plus a wide range of magazines. He continues to write about music, travel and health, and blogs at www.nigel-summerley.blogspot.com.

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