£4 MILLION of European Funding for a new Wales International Coastal Centre at Saundersfoot has been announced today, November 1.

Western Telegraph:

Minister for Culture, Tourism and Sport, Lord Elis-Thomas, visited the the Trust Port of Saundersfoot to make the announcement.

This is the final project of 11 in Wales to receive the go-ahead under a programme of tourism destination improvements across Wales.

The EU funding is being invested through the Welsh Government’s Tourism Attractor Destination programme, led by Visit Wales.

The new centre in Saundersfoot builds on previous EU funding for investment in the village, as part of an ambitious development programme.

The project offers a high-quality activity and events programme, with all-weather attractions. It will establish new water activity venues and family activity facilities.

The Wales International Coastal Centre is planned as four linked developments: Marine Centre of Excellence and Coastal Storm Centre; National Events Deck; Ocean Square Heritage & Arts Centre; Coastal Schooner - historic tall ship recreation.

Some of these developments are subject to planning.

Minister for Culture Tourism and Sport, Lord Elis-Thomas, said: “Our aim through the Tourism Attractor Destination programme is to focus efforts and investment on key projects in each region so we have a real impact on Wales’ profile in this globally competitive market, this represents a huge funding boost for the sector, which will make a real difference to the products and experiences that Wales has to offer.”

Bradley Davies, commercial manager of Saundersfoot Harbour, said: “We’ve seen a big increase in footfall to the area since the completion of the earlier developments, and we look forward to bringing something completely new and different to visitors and locals alike.”