Monday, 16 August 2010

Oystermouth Castle to receive £1m Refurbishment

Oystermouth Castle in Swansea is to receive a £1m refurbishment as part of plans to establish it as a premium heritage attraction.
The project will be funded by the Welsh Assembly's Heritage Tourism grant which has earmarked a total of £19m towards similar projects across Wales.
Work on Oystermouth Castle will include improving access to the Norman stone castle and to assure the long-term sustainability of the site.
To encourage more people to visit the castle there are also plans to launch an events programme.

A castle community co-ordinator will be appointed to manage a range of events, engage with community groups. The Alina's Chapel on the site will also be developed into a multi-functional space. The castle currently receives 5,000 visitors a year and the target is to increase this to 25,000 a year by 2014.
Minister for Heritage, Alun Ffred Jones said: "Tourism is an important part of our economy and this project will make a positive contribution to attracting visitors to Swansea.

"The project also aims to ensure the castle is accessible and relevant to the people of Swansea."

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Friday, 6 August 2010

Tourism beats growth predictions

The total value of tourism to the UK is set to rise by more than 60 per cent to £188 billion over the next decade, says an independent report commissioned by VisitBritain. Research from Deloitte and Oxford Economics forecasts that the favourable exchange rate, the lure of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and the appeal of world-renowned attractions, should ensure the sector grows at an above-average 3.5 per cent per annum between now and 2020. The number of jobs supported by tourism over that period is predicted to rise by 264,000 - from 2.63 million now, to 2.89 million. The report also shows that tourism is disproportionately important in rural areas and for part-time female workers.


This forecast adds to the HLF figures published in March 2010 that demonstrated the significance of heritage-led tourism in the UK tourism industry; some £20.6 billion per annum, supporting 466,000 jobs. This latest research means the total economic contribution of the Visitor Economy – covering firms directly and indirectly involved in tourism - is poised to expand faster than retail, chemicals, transport, the utilities and manufacturing. Only construction and financial and business services look more promising.
These figures make tourism Britain’s fifth biggest industry and third largest foreign exchange earner.


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