Multimillion Boost for Wales Adventure Tourism

Brand New Tourism Centres Set to Be Created
Almost £16 million has been awarded to Wales to boost outdoor activities and adventure tourism to the country. The money comes mainly from European funding and local councils with the majority going towards creating four large ‘tourism centres’. Northern Wales will see more than £6 million spent on improving the natural landscape with cycling facilities and activities that focus on the areas outstanding natural beauty. The south of the country will welcome an off road cycling centre of excellence which will link to other outdoor centres in the area. The Wales Heritage Minister Alun Ffred Jones states that “These centres will provide world class facilities in a wide range of outdoor tourism activities”.
The money will also be spent improving the tourism facilities at Betws y Coed and Llyn Brenig in Conwy, popular tourism areas which welcome thousands of visitors from around the world. In Snowdonia around £4 million will go towards creating the Eriyi Centre of Excellence which is based around four sites of beauty around the area. The project will also include a world class commercial bike park which Wales’s tourism officials hope will encourage cycling sports events to consider Wales as a potential venue. The money will also be spent on improving the woodland areas ensuring that the walking trails and hiking routes are ready for the increasing amounts of visitor number expected after the multimillion improvements are made.
Jones went on to explain that “These tourism centres will provide world class facilities in a wide range of outdoor tourism activities and will showcase what Wales has to offer to visitors as a sustainable tourism destination.”

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