MWT AGM & Members Forum- 4th December 15
Thank you to all members who attended the 2015 MWT AGM and to those that sent their apologies.
The AGM was led by Anne-Lloyd Jones, MWT Chairman who welcomed members and guests and introduced the format for the day. The AGM Business included the adoption of the Annual Report, Financial Accounts year ending 31st July 14 and the appointment of Powys Directors, confirmed as Mr Neil Bale, Cyfie Farm and Mr Calum Milne, Llangoed Hall.
Simon Longford from PJE accountants was also in attendance to discuss the financial accounts for financial year ending 31st July. Simon explained that business re-structuring, including staff redundancies, provided a strong platform for the company going forward.
MWT Life Membership Award - Julian Burrell OBE
Julian Burrell OBE was awarded a ‘Life Membership’ of MWT. Recognising his achievements in tourism and his dedication and hard work to the industry.
Launch of Show Me Wales Trails
Show Me Wales Trails' aims to inspire visitors to Wales to park the car and explore our fantastic country by train, cycle or on foot. The project aims to enhance the car free visitor experience in Wales. The project includes the development of a new 'Wales Trails app, promotional print, itineraries and interactive map
Funding partners for this project were MWT, Visit Wales, Cambrian Rail Partnership, Tourism Partnership Mid Wales and EU funding via Digital Tourism Business Framework Programme.
Looking forward to 2015
Val Hawkins (Chief Executive) provided members with a comprehensive breakdown of the work undertaken by the small team at MWT during 2014.
Val stressed the importance of the representational role MWT provides working closely with WTA (Wales Tourism Alliance).
Without this representation taking place behind the scenes, consultations such as the 70 day rule for self-catering, the pressure applied nationally calling for changes to VAT, and the current discussions around OTA’s (Online travel agents, booking.com, laterooms etc) charging high levels of commission on bookings, and many other legislative changes that are likely to implemented without discussion or debate.
Membership is important to support the tourism sector - it is important to be work together and to have this strong independent voice for the tourism industry.
Val also highlighted membership including benefits, services, and marketing support which members have access to. Investment in a digital marketing channels including a new pan Wales website - ShowMeWales.co.uk - places members in a good position heading into 2015.
MWT has extended its in-house expertise to include support for businesses across both Mid & South Wales providing a specialist helpdesk facility to help all businesses make the most of the Guestlink system, and has recently been appointed as Visit Wales Data Partners.
Members were also given the floor to ask questions where we had a number of members speaking to directors and Val about the future plans.