Summer tourism improves in Wales
More than 80 per cent of tourism businesses in Wales reported an upturn in August when compared to 2013, according to data from the Welsh government.
The August Tourism Business Survey revealed that 45 per cent of companies had accommodated more guests and visitors last month when compared the same period a year earlier.
More than half of serviced accommodation (59 per cent) and caravan operators (51 per cent) reported growth, with 43 per cent of attractions reporting a higher number of tourists.
Ken Skates, deputy minister for culture, sport and tourism, said: "It seems that 2014 is proving to be an excellent year for Welsh tourism, even compared to 2013 which was a successful year in itself.
"Although the weather has been kind this year, the weather was also good for the UK as a whole but Wales is managing to outperform the rest of GB in terms of attracting staying visitors and day visitors."
The result for Wales in the Great Britain Tourism Survey also improved on 2013, with overnight trips from January to May up 14.6 per cent.
Skates added: "Visit Wales’ marketing working is achieving its response targets and I look forward to working with the Tourism Advisory Board to realise our target of 10 per cent growth for the industry by 2020.
"The Welsh government values the importance of tourism, the sector has been designated as one of our nine key sectors to realise future growth for the Welsh economy, these figures show that the sector is going from strength to strength."