Number of visitors to Wales from rest of the UK is up

Tourism Minister Edwina Hart said the figures were an extra boost ahead of the start of the tourism season

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Numbers of tourists travelling to Wales from the rest of the UK has risen, despite a dip in the number travelling in the UK as a whole.

Figures for 2013 show a total of 9.93 million visited to Wales, an increase of 3.4%.

But the Great Britain Tourism Survey showed trips across the UK were down 2.5% compared with the previous year.

It was published as a £68m by-pass opens making the journey to Tenby and Saundersfoot easier.

Tourists to Wales spent £1.7billion, up 7% on 2012, while expenditure in the UK as a whole fell by almost 3%.

Tourism Minister Edwina Hart said: "These figures will give the tourism industry in Wales an extra boost ahead of what is traditionally hailed as the start of the tourism season."

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