A number of Pembrokeshire businesses within the tourism and hospitality trade gathered at the Gower Hotel in Saundersfoot on Friday 16th May for a Tourism Surgery.
The Surgery was jointly co-ordinated and hosted by Pembrokeshire Tourism and Member of Parliament for South Pembrokeshire and West Carmarthenshire, Simon Hart.
The surgery was set up to give local tourism businesses the opportunity to highlight their concerns and hopes for the future of the industry.
During the afternoon a number of topics were addressed which reflected the fears of a number of businesses in Pembrokeshire.
The topics discussed included the ongoing Cut Tourism Vat Campaign, concerns over the increases in Wind Turbines in the county, the lack of mobile signal and broadband in Pembrokeshire and the concern over the cancellation of the Pembrokeshire Guide.
Local MP Simon Hart was pleased on how well the surgery went, "We had a very interesting discussion and covered a wide range of topics, whilst there are concerns in some areas such as the lack of the Pembrokeshire Guide this year, the opening hours of Tourist Information Centres and the use of Milford as a cruise ship destination; there were also some positive news stories."
He then added "Last week the Government announced record-breaking visitor numbers for 2013 with overnight visits to Wales increasing 3.5% compared to the year before. I believe that the visitor experience and quality of accommodation and attractions in Pembrokeshire continues to be of high quality and is leading the way in the Welsh tourism sector."
The businesses in attendance included representatives from FBM Holidays, WASCO (Wales Association of Self Catering Operators), the Port of Milford Haven and PLANED.
Maudie Hughes Chief Executive of Pembrokeshire Tourism was delighted with the positive feedback from the event "It was great to hear directly from the trade about the key issues that concern them. The discussions covered a range of topics, many of which we will continue to work on with Simon in the coming weeks and months. It is very heartening to see our MPs and AMs being so supportive of the tourism industry here in Pembrokeshire ".
Pembrokeshire Tourism and Simon Hart are now developing a strategy on how to go forward and tackle the current issues faced by the tourism economy.
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