Wales politics

'Staycations' and fine weather boosted tourism, says survey

Wales Tourism

Four out of five tourist businesses in Wales say their summer at least as busy as 2015's recording breaking year, a government survey shows.

Good weather and more people deciding to stay in the UK are believed to be behind the findings, in the Wales Tourism Barometer Survey of 922 firms.

Caravan and campsites did particularly well, with 67% reporting they were busier than in 2015.

Economy Secretary Ken Skates said the results were "fantastic news".

He said "uncertainty" following the Brexit vote had "led to more staycations and that the fair weather also provided a boost for the industry".

"Overall, tourism in Wales is performing strongly and the industry is on track to achieve the target of 10% real growth of staying visitor earnings by 2020," Mr Skates added.

Welsh Conservative leader Andrew RT Davies said it was "great to see that tourist operators are still brimming with confidence after the vote to leave the European Union".

"In fact this survey suggests that operators have seen little or no effect on their business, which may come as a disappointment to the prophets of doom and gloom," he added.

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