A Tourism Forum held recently at Oriel House, St Asaph saw over 75 attendees in attendance.

The event featured a number of guest speakers including the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty team who discussed the forthcoming Sustainable Tourism Strategy, Joe Swiffen from Mynydd Sleddog Adventures and a talk from Transport for Wales. This forum was a chance for attendees to meet other like-minded businesses, share experiences and discuss the latest tourism developments.

A variety of information stands were in attendance, including Cadwyn Clwyd, Business Wales, Clwyd South and Clwyd West Levelling Up, Woodland Skills Centre, Ruthin Artisan Markets and Working Denbighshire.

The event was closed by Julie Brominicks, an environmentalist travel writer, author of the ‘Edge of Cymru’ and frequent contributor to the BBC Countryfile Magazine whose topical presentation covered the joys and perils of bus travel, and other cautionary tales.

Figures show that tourism generated £628m in 2022, besting the pre-covid 2019 number of £552m by almost 14%.

The number of staying visitors also increased in comparison to 2019, with 1.64 million deciding to stay within the county in 2022, an increase of 3.1%.

Councillor Win Mullen-James, Lead Member for Local Development and Planning said:

“It was great to see that this forum was so well attended.

These forums are a great opportunity for people within the sector to get together and share their tourism knowledge.”