As people around the world mark Europe Day on May 9, Carmarthenshire County Council is reflecting on a number of new projects made viable with EU funds.
One of the most recently announced is a project to attract more visitors to Welsh and Irish coastal regions.
Backed by €1.6m of EU funds, the €2m Celtic Routes project aims to encourage visitors to explore new areas of Wales and Ireland en-route to their final tourist destination.
Led by Carmarthenshire County Council, the project focuses on the areas of Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion in Wales and Waterford, Wicklow and Wexford in Ireland; transforming them from transit zones to new touring sites and increasing the time visitors spend in the area to capitalise on opportunities and boost local economies.
It was announced recently by Lord Dafydd Elis-Thomas, Welsh Government Minister for Culture, Tourism and Sport, who said the project will stimulate economic growth, create and safeguard jobs in the cultural, heritage and tourism sectors, and celebrate the strong Celtic links between Wales and Ireland.
The Celtic Routes project is part-funded by the EU’s Ireland Wales Co-operation Programme, which supports collaboration between Ireland and Wales to address common economic and social challenges and opportunities.
A further £3million of EU investment has recently been made towards the Pendine Tourism Attractor Project which will feature a new Sands of Speed state of the art museum dedicated to Pendine’s historic association with Land Speed; an external enhancement and events facility with exhibition esplanade, and a 42 bed hostel.
The £7m scheme is part of the Welsh Government’s wider EU funded Tourism Attractor Destination programme, led by Visit Wales, which aims to create 13 must see destinations across Wales.
Launching the project earlier this year, Cllr Emlyn Dole, Leader of Carmarthenshire County Council, said it will establish Pendine as a 12 month a year “day and stay” event destination.
Elsewhere, Carmarthenshire has benefitted from EU funding to support events, rural development and more.