Great weather means glowing tourist figures

Great weather means glowing tourist figures

Ice-cream break: Saundersfoot in the sunshine on Easter Monday. PICTURE: Gareth Davies Photography (5563835)

Busy Easter: Bank Holiday visitors enjoy a sunny stroll through Tenby’s Tudor Square. PICTURE: Gareth Davies Photography (5563837)

First published in News

VISITORS flocking to Pembrokeshire to enjoy a spot of sunshine over the Easter weekend have given a boost to the county’s tourist trade.

As new figures show that 2013 was a bumper year for tourism in Wales, there are hopes that economic recovery across parts of the UK is giving visitors confidence in extra spending.

The Great British Tourism Survey for 2013 shows that British residents made 9.93 million visits to Wales - 3.4 per cent up on the previous year.

They spent £1.7billion on their Welsh holidays, an increase of nearly seven per cent from 2012.

Tenby hotelier Chris Osborne, who is president of the resort’s Chamber of Trade and Tourism and chair of the Wales Tourism Alliance, said: “There is cautious optimism that there is a ripple of recovery, and certainly people who are booking holidays are prepared to commit themselves by doing so earlier than usual before their arrival.

“It’s been a long winter, but hopefully, because Easter is so late this year, there won’t be a dip before the May bank holiday.”

Saundersfoot Chamber for Tourism vice-chairman Michael Slade agreed that visitors appear to be booking further ahead and for longer.

“Our bed and breakfast was flat out all last week, and July and August are full already,” he said. “We feel that things are looking good at the moment for the summer, and this seems to be a similar story from people around the village.”

Phil Odley, Saundersfoot Chamber for Tourism chairman, said it was 'a bumper bank holiday weekend'. He added: "Even the rain on Easter Sunday didn't stop the crowds."

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9:49am Wed 23 Apr 14

Gogledd says...

Well they didnt go to Fishguard or Goodwick but then why would they it was CLOSED..even on Easter Monday...!!!!
Well they didnt go to Fishguard or Goodwick but then why would they it was CLOSED..even on Easter Monday...!!!! Gogledd
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7:52pm Wed 23 Apr 14

South of the Landsker says...

Saundersfoot was buzzing over the weekend, all three cash machines ran out of cash, car parks full and crowds seven deep on the footpaths. Well done to all those offering the Saundersfoot welcome..
Saundersfoot was buzzing over the weekend, all three cash machines ran out of cash, car parks full and crowds seven deep on the footpaths. Well done to all those offering the Saundersfoot welcome.. South of the Landsker
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10:40pm Wed 23 Apr 14

Shadowlands says...

#South of Landsker - I agree with your praise for those offering a warm welcome in Saundersfoot to the areas tourist life-blood. But in my view, its a massive shame that Pembrokeshire County Council did not want to do the same . . they closed the Tourist Information Centre on the busiest holiday weekend so far!
Blithering idiots!
#South of Landsker - I agree with your praise for those offering a warm welcome in Saundersfoot to the areas tourist life-blood. But in my view, its a massive shame that Pembrokeshire County Council did not want to do the same . . they closed the Tourist Information Centre on the busiest holiday weekend so far! Blithering idiots! Shadowlands
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6:05pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Tttoommy says...

Shadowlands wrote:
#South of Landsker - I agree with your praise for those offering a warm welcome in Saundersfoot to the areas tourist life-blood. But in my view, its a massive shame that Pembrokeshire County Council did not want to do the same . . they closed the Tourist Information Centre on the busiest holiday weekend so far!
Blithering idiots!
Its proof that they don't like tourists do they?
[quote][p][bold]Shadowlands[/bold] wrote: #South of Landsker - I agree with your praise for those offering a warm welcome in Saundersfoot to the areas tourist life-blood. But in my view, its a massive shame that Pembrokeshire County Council did not want to do the same . . they closed the Tourist Information Centre on the busiest holiday weekend so far! Blithering idiots![/p][/quote]Its proof that they don't like tourists do they? Tttoommy
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