A huge congratulations to the Trefeddian Hotel, Aberdovey, which has been named the AA Hotel of the Year for Wales, and to The Nags Head at Garthmyl, near Montgomery, which was named AA Pub /Inn of the Year at a recent prestigious awards ceremony in London.
We are delighted with the positive PR for Mid Wales and for the recognition bestowed on these businesses for all their hard work.
It was also fantastic to see The Old Rectory On The Lake, Tal-y-Llyn, top The Guardian's list of the best UK hotels, B&Bs and campsites for walkers. A reminder that if you too would like to benefit from our press and PR services as part of your membership, send your press releases and good news stories to email@example.com
Tourism related businesses are being invited to an open evening at the National Cycle Museum in Llandrindod Wells on Tuesday, October 2 from 4pm to 8pm.
Entry to the museum, which is located in the Automobile Palace, Temple Street, Llandrindod Wells, is free for the evening and there will be guided tours and refreshments.
“This is ideal opportunity for people involved in the tourism industry to come and see what the museum has to offer visitors to the region,” said Freda Davies, museum trustee and curator. “We are keen to work together with other attractions and tourism businesses to encourage more visitors.”
The museum, which is open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10am to 4pm, is home to more than 260 cycles representing the historical development of cycling from the early 1800s to the present day.
Exhibits range from an 1818 Hobby Horse and Victorian solid-tyred machines to classic lightweights and latest carbon-fibre designs. This year marks the 200th anniversary of the first bicycle made by Johnson of London, a copy of which is on display in the museum.
It costs £18,000 each year to keep open the doors to the museum, which is manned by volunteers and relies on the generosity of supporters and visitors to finance its work. The museum is open from 10am to 4pm every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.
The National Cycle Museum is a member of MWT Cymru, an independent organisation representing around 600 tourism and hospitality businesses across Powys, Ceredigion and Meirionnydd.
Tourism businesses in Mid Wales that have not already received an invite are asked to contact Freda at firstname.lastname@example.org if they wish to attend. For more information or to support the museum, visit https://mydonate.bt.com/charities/nationalcyclemuseum
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We all know that Mid Wales is often the lesser known region of Wales. The days are long gone when there were big budgets to spend on overseas marketing, brochures, trade shows etc
Tourism is not just accommodation/activity/attraction businesses. Tourism is also your cafes, restaurants, bars, shops and organisations that benefit from the increased footfall tourism brings - A thriving visitor economy means a place where people want to visit, but it also helps to create a place where people want to live and work...It’s about inward investment, skilled jobs, better infrastructure and creating an environment where the next generation have an opportunity to prosper in.
MWT is the only organisation that markets Mid Wales as a complete destination, and our website www.visitmidwales.co.uk generates between 260k - 1.1million page views each month
... but we have a problem, as a ‘Not For Profit’ organisation with no central/public funding this activity is only possible through the support of the business community, and more and more we're finding businesses not truly understanding the importance of this role.
We often hear from accommodation providers – “I get all my bookings through booking.com” - that's great, but the large OTA's (booking.com, Laterooms, Expedia etc) only work when visitors know where they want to visit. They don't work if visitors have never heard of your town/village/region, nor do they work if there is seemingly nothing to do when they get there.
MWT publishes over a thousand pages of destination information, including walking routes, scenic places, forests, towns/villages, events, travel information etc as well as over 570 individual business pages from businesses who support MWT..Showcasing what is great about our region and providing visitors with compelling reasons to choose Mid Wales as their next holiday destination.
Support for our sector is diminishing, we have already lost many of our Tourist Information Centres and many of our area brochures …without businesses pulling together and helping to support the destination marketing we can expect to see the visitor numbers decrease...it’s that simple..
To find out how you can help support your tourism industry and your local community, please see our Mid Wales section for more information or contact our team on 01654 702653
Visitor Attractions | Activity Providers | Guided Tours | Workshops | Events & Festivals
MWT is looking for visitor attraction, activity providers or event organisers in Ceredigion that really want to change and improve to the way they use digital selling techniques to attract visitors.
The Real Ceredigion Experiences project is a new project run by Mid Wales Tourism, and we are seeking 12 non-accommodation businesses or organisations in Ceredigion to be selected to be part of this exciting pilot project. Businesses must be ready to take the plunge to sell online in real time and are really prepared to put time aside to make this a success.
During the course of the Real Ceredigion Experiences programme, we expect businesses to become 'Exemplars' in their own use of new digital technologies, adopting new ways of working and selling successfully on-line to reach and attract a wider audience, and to share their experience with local networks and groups.
Participating businesses and organisations will be expected to share their journey / experience. We will be exploring opportunities to develop local networks & cluster groups, and will be developing case studies in order to encourage other businesses in the area to learn from your success.
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More info? – call us on 01654 702653
Visit Wales are gathering feedback on the business following the Easter weekend and we are asking all members to take a few minutes to give your input by clicking on either the English or the Welsh link.
Note: The research is being conducted by an independent research agency, Strategic Research & Insight, on behalf of Visit Wales. All feedback is confidential. Interviews are also being conducted with a sample of businesses by phone this week; if you have already participated in this way then there is no need to respond online also. The online survey will close on the morning of Friday 13th April.
The survey includes a couple of questions on how business has been so far this year and two questions on Brexit.
A new treasurer and trustee have been appointed to the National Library of Wales’ Board of Trustees.
Lee Yale-Helms will take over as treasurer from Colin John from August 1, while Eleri Twynog Davies has already begun her post as trustee. Both have been appointed for four years.
Rhodri Glyn Thomas, the library’s president, said both Mr Yale-Helms and Ms Davies would offer experience and valuable expertise to the board.