Ken Skates

£2.4m offered to improve 26 Welsh tourist projects

Economy secretary Ken Skates has announced that £2.4m of funding has been made available to 26 projects across Wales to enhance visitor experience.

The funding has been made available via the Tourism Amenity Investment Support scheme (TAIS), which is aimed at public, third sector and not-for-profit organisations.

The scheme is used for investment, targeting small-scale infrastructure projects in the tourism sector in Wales.

The project was awarded funding through the Welsh government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh government.

The fund has been earmarked for infrastructure projects across Wales which will deliver improvements to visitor amenities, as well as products that can assist the development of high-quality destinations.

The projects comprise improvements to cycle paths; upgrades to access and facilities at blue flag beaches; visitor parking; signage and public conveniences and reflect local and regional destination activity as well as national priorities.

Mr Skates said: “The Tourism Amenity Investment Support scheme is an excellent way for us to assist the tourism sector to make the improvements to the local facilities and amenities. 

“These facilities often go unnoticed, but are an important part of the experience that people have of Wales and the impression with which they leave and will also benefit those who live in the area.

“The funding has provided a great opportunity for local partners to identify a cluster of products which can really make a difference.

“Visitors expect the best quality in all aspects of their visit, from the accommodation through to information provision, toilets and parking.

“The management of our tourism destinations is key if we are to continue delivering a high-quality visitor experience in line with our strategic ambitions – this funding is another building block to create better destinations.”

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