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First Minister visits Milford Haven ahead of summer tourism season

THE FIRST MINISTER, Mark Drakeford, will step into the tourist season in fine style this afternoon when he visits the Tŷ Hotel on Milford Waterfront to celebrate Wales’ prestigious standing in the tourist sector.

And with three bank holidays and a half term holiday on the horizon, there are plenty of opportunities for people planning to visit Wales over the next few weeks.

“We’re ambitious for Wales as a tourist destination, and it’s clear from the research work that our visitors highly rate their time here,” commented Mark Drakeford.

“We look forward to welcoming visitors from all parts of the globe to our nation, to experience the breadth of what we have on offer.

“But I’d also encourage the people of Wales to go out and discover parts of the country they may have never visited before.

“I know how hard the industry works to ensure that everyone who visits Wales returns home with great memories, and we will continue to work with communities, visitors and businesses to achieve sustainable growth for tourism across Wales.”

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The aim of the Welsh Government’s tourism strategy is to spread tourism benefits throughout Wales, encourage increased spend in the economy and tackle seasonality by promoting Wales as a nation that can be visited all year round. 

Mark Drakeford’s arrival at Ty Hotel coincides with the hotel’s first anniversary since opening its doors last April. 

 And during those 12 months the hotel has exceeded all expectations. This is the result of the highly successful way in which it’s attracted a healthy mix of visitors and corporate travellers.

“We’ve been delighted by the enthusiastic response we’ve received from both the local community in Milford Haven and the thousands of guests who have enjoyed staying in the new Tŷ Hotel during its first year of opening”, said Ian Edwards, chief executive of the Celtic Collection.

“Pembrokeshire is world-renowned as a tourist destination thanks to its spectacular coastline and landscape, as well as its welcoming people, and the hotel is the perfect place to explore all the many attractions that West Wales has to offer.

“With almost all of the guest bedrooms enjoying views of the marina and the working harbour, the hotel also showcases the incredible redevelopment that has taken place at Milford Waterfront.

“As well as welcoming new visitors to Pembrokeshire from all over the world, the local team recruited at Tŷ Hotel has also been delighted to immerse itself in the community, championing the amazing local produce in Dulse restaurant and sponsoring a number of sports teams and events in the surrounding area.”