Several candidates for the Welsh Assembly elections, along with members of Gwynedd Council and heads of leading tourist attractions and businesses from throughout Gwynedd have come together at GreenWood Forest Park to discuss the importance of tourism to the local economy as part of Wales Tourism Week.
Owners of GreenWood Forest Park, Stephen and Andrea Bristow were joined by Sion Jones, Labour candidate, Sian Gwenllian, Plaid Cymru candidate and Martin Peet, Welsh Conservative Party candidate, Head of Economy and Community at Gwynedd Council, Sioned Williams and her team as well as retiring Assembly Member Alun Fred Jones. Private sector delegates included John and Sally Hampton of Plas Gwyn Caravan Park, John Davis of Redline Carting in Caernarfon and John Lloyd of Inigo Jones amongst others.
The group took part in a morning of conversation at one of the UK’s only sustainable theme parks and were keen to learn more about the Park’s latest adventurous addition, ‘Solar Splash’ – the UK’s first fully solar powered ride. Daring members of the delegation then took part in a longbow archery competition, taking their best aim at the two targets.
Stephen Bristow, Managing Director of GreenWood Forest Park commented: “Wales Tourism Week is a great opportunity to celebrate and promote the fantastic attractions that we have here in North Wales, and particularly Gwynedd.”
The group then enjoyed refreshments at the Green Oak Café where they were able to formally discuss tourism in the region and the role it plays in the local economy.
Stephen continued: “We’re really pleased to have organised this local hustings during Wales Tourism Week – it enabled the main political parties to explain how their parties would promote tourism if elected to power in May. It was really well attended and it was interesting to get views and perspectives from both the public and private sector who together have a shared goal in promoting and driving forward tourism throughout the area.”