Tory MP Chris Davies has attacked the Welsh Government for what he called its “failure” to back the tourism industry in Wales, as new figures show that overnight stays in Wales have fallen dramatically in the past year.
“The news of a fall of almost 100,000 domestic visits to Wales last year is deeply troubling, particularly when other areas of the UK are seeing significant growth in their industries,” said Davies.
Davies argues that Mid Wales region was better served by the independent Wales Tourism Board before the Welsh Government took control of national tourism.
All the Welsh Government has to show for its needless takeover of the board is abject failure
“All the Welsh Government has to show for its needless takeover of the board is abject failure,” he added. “Large numbers of businesses in our area rely upon the tourism trade each year, and the knock on effect to our local economy is substantial.”
The MP for Brecon and Radnorshire is calling on the Welsh Assembly to reappoint the tourism board and to lower tax on the tourism industry.