Busineses and members of the public who want to find out more about the Tywi Valley Path are being invited to a special event at the end of this month.
The ambitious project will see a 16-mile shared use path created through the scenic Tywi Valley countryside between Carmarthen and Llandeilo and is expected to attract thousands of visitors every year.
The path will follow an almost adjacent route to that of the River Tywi, linking in with major tourist attractions and generating between £860,000 and £2million a year in the local economy.
An event is being held at the Ivy Bush Hotel in Carmarthen on Tuesday, January 31 so that businesses along the route can look at how they could contribute to the project and benefit from the anticipated 15,000 visitors a year.
They are being invited to attend one of two sessions being held for local businesses between 1.30pm and 2.30pm or 4pm and 5pm.
As well as information on the path itself, they will also be able to speak to tourism experts, find out more about the grants available to help develop their businesses and learn more about other projects in the county, such as the velodrome at Carmarthen Park.
A ‘virtual flyover’ showing the general route of the path will also be showcased at the event.
Members of the public can also ‘drop in’ between 2.30pm and 4pm to find out more about the project.
The first phase of works have taken place between Fronun and Bwlch Bach, near the concrete works in Abergwili and included drainage and widening of the existing carriageway, thanks to a Local Transport Fund grant from Welsh Government.
Executive Board Member for the Environment Cllr Hazel Evans said: “This is a very exciting project which will attract thousands of tourists and greatly boost our leisure tourism economy. We are holding this event so local businesses can find out how they can get involved and maximise the opportunities it will bring to them. It is also a chance for the public to get more information on the path.
“We are looking to make Carmarthenshire the cycling capital of Wales and the Tywi Valley Path, together with a number of other investments in the county, such as the velodrome, will support that aspiration.”
If you are a local business that would like to attend the event, please register your interest on Eventbrite.