A week-long celebration of events highlights the significance and vitality of tourism industry in Welsh economy.
Baroness Jenny Randerson, Wales Office Minister marked the start of Wales Tourism Week by visiting two of the most prestigious tourist attraction sites in South Wales.
Minister Randerson went to Newport where she stopped at National Roman Legion Museum in Caerleon before being hosted on a tour of 17th century National Trust Property, Tredegar House.
This visit is widely regarded as the precursor to the global attention that gained by the upcoming 2014 NATO Summit, at The Celtic Manor Resort.
Baroness Randerson is going to take this opportunity to show the visiting delegates what kind of tourist attractions available to them when the summit begins in September.
In 2013, tourism industry contributed approximately 6.9 billion pounds for the UK’s GDP, while created more than 200 thousand jobs in Wales.
Wales attracted more than 700,000 tourists around the world in the first three quarters of 2013, and almost £290 million pound was spent by the visitors.
Secretary of State for Wales, David Jones points out the key role that the tourism plays in the UK Government and the pivotal contribution of tourism sector in the economic and social wellbeing of Wales.
Jones said, “It is crucial that we do all we can to attract visitors from home and oversees to experience our rich culture and deep history”.
The Secretary of State will also host Indonesian Ambassador on a visit to Chirk Castle in Wrexham during the celebration week in an attempt to promote some of the famous tourist attractions to foreign audiences.
Baroness Randerson expressed her high expectation for Wales Tourism Week.
“We must ensure all those who visit leave with a clear message about everything Wales, its people and its impressive landscape have to the global community”, she added.
By Zijun Tian