Exciting plans for Carmarthenshire’s tourism industry will be unveiled at the ninth annual Carmarthenshire Tourism Summit.

The summit, due to be held at Llanelli’s Parc Y Scarlets on October 12, is an important event in the calendar for anyone working in the county’s tourism, leisure and hospitality industry.

A full day exhibition will showcase a variety of product and service suppliers, alongside a programme of guest speakers and panel sessions, one-to-one advice appointment slots, and opportunities for networking.

The event is organised by the Carmarthenshire Tourism Association and supported by Carmarthenshire County Council.

Cllr Peter Hughes Griffiths, executive board member for culture, leisure and tourism, is set to share information about a number of exciting new plans for the county – including those for Pendine, Pembrey Country Park and the new Tywi Valley Path.

“I am excited to present at the Tourism Summit and looking forward to sharing with the delegates the exciting plans we have for Carmarthenshire,” he said.

“Tourism is worth over £370million to Carmarthenshire and supports over 5,600 jobs. We’ve just secured the biggest ever investment for south west Wales with the ground-breaking Swansea Bay City Deal and we have an ambitious tourism masterplan in place.

“We are well set to play a major part in Visit Wales’s Year of the Sea campaign during 2018, and look forward to working with the Welsh Government to develop the Wales brand and tourism in Carmarthenshire.”

Nia Ball, Carmarthenshire Tourism Association chief executive, added: “Our flagship, annual tourism summit is a one-stop-shop for those involved in tourism and hospitality in the region. From marketing to planning and from IT to fire safety, we’ll have information and advice that’s beneficial to anyone working in this fast-growing and increasingly competitive industry. Feedback from those who came along last year showed us that 99 per cent of delegates would come to the summit again, which really highlights its importance to the industry.”

Guest speakers will include Roger Pride, managing partner of international marketing agency Heavenly and previously Director of Marketing for Visit Wales and Wales Tourist Board, who will talk about how visitor destinations and tourism businesses need to aim for distinction in these changing times, where visitor demands are becoming more personal and more complex.

Delegates will also have the opportunity to hear from a panel of experts who will highlight top tips and advice in terms of rights and responsibilities as a tourism, leisure and hospitality business operator, and they will hear from award-winning tourism representatives who will share why they think entering awards is great for business.

 

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