UK tourism boost for Wales
The number of UK residents opting to visit Wales for overnight breaks or day trips has increased, a new survey has revealed.
The Great Britain Day and Overnight Visits Survey, which covered the period from January to July 2014, found that 8.4 per cent of the 50 million overnight trips taken in the UK were to Wales, an increase on 2013's figure of 7.4 per cent.
About 56 million people also visited Wales for a day trip during the period, generating more than £1.4bn for the local economy. The volume of day trips also rose by 9 per cent compared to the first seven months of 2013.
Wales office minister Baroness Randerson said: "We know what a fantastic product we have here in Wales – fascinating historic buildings, breathtaking coasts, first-class food and fabulously friendly people – and we welcome the fact that people from across the UK are now appreciating that Wales is a great place to visit.
"These latest visitor figures are great news for the tourism industry and great news for those of us who enjoy seeing our country being appreciated and enjoyed by people from across the UK."
The survey follows reports earlier this year that revealed international visits to Wales increased by 28 per cent over the past year.