Carmarthenshire County Council believes recent international events, such as the OVO Energy Tour of Britain and Women’s Tour, and hit TV shows like BBC drama Keeping Faith – filmed in Carmarthenshire – have helped draw in the crowds.
New independent STEAM figures, put together for Carmarthenshire County Council, have revealed that during 2018, 3.28million people visited Carmarthenshire and a million people stayed overnight.
The tourism industry now supports more than 6,000 jobs in the local area.
The council’s Marketing and Media team has worked with local tourism and hospitality providers, including hotels, bed and breakfasts, tourist attractions, activity providers, restaurants, pubs, businesses and retailers, to provide the perfect welcome for guests and encourage them to return.
They have also been busy promoting the Discover Carmarthenshire website and This Is Carmarthenshire brand across the UK, Europe and further afield.
Cllr Peter Hughes Griffiths, Carmarthenshire Council’s Executive Board Member for Culture, Sport and Tourism, said: “Carmarthenshire’s profile as a world-class visitor destination continues to grow, with coverage from our major events, such as the Tour of Britain and Women’s Tour, and the hugely popular Keeping Faith TV drama, providing the kind of marketing that money can’t buy.
“There is a huge amount of work underway to ensure we build on this momentum – our teams are working hard with partners and businesses to constantly improve what we have to offer and keep people coming back for more.”
He added: “Our investment in facilities such the National closed Road Circuit, and caravan and camping facilities at Pembrey Country Park, as well as ongoing support of major tourist attractions such as the National Botanic Garden of Wales, is reaping its rewards.
“Further investment is in the pipeline, including the regeneration of Pendine’s waterfront with a Sands of Speed Museum and eco-hostel, which is well underway.
“Carmarthenshire has a lot to shout about, and plenty to offer. We look forward to welcoming more and more people to our beautiful county.”
Cllr Emlyn Dole, Leader of Carmarthenshire County Council, added: “We cannot underestimate the value of tourism to our local economy. It provides much-needed jobs for local people and helps keep businesses thriving. With more people visiting, we hope that they will help us spread the word, and return themselves time and time again.”
For information, visit www.discovercarmarthenshire.com
Lottery win for local neighbours
Two people in Ferryside are celebrating today after winning £1,000 each thanks to their lucky postcode.
The neighbours netted the windfall when SA17 5YP was announced as a Daily Prize winner with People’s Postcode Lottery on Wednesday 8th April 2020.
People’s Postcode Lottery ambassador Judie McCourt sent her well-wishes to the winners. She said: “Congratulations to our winners! What a great surprise for them, I hope they enjoy their winnings.”
A minimum of 32% of ticket sales goes directly to charities and players of People’s Postcode Lottery have raised over £500 million to date for thousands of good causes in Britain and beyond.
This draw was promoted by Maggie’s which has received over £16.1 million in funding from the players of People’s Postcode Lottery. Maggie’s runs a network of cancer support centres across the country. These centres bring people together to help combat the isolation and distress that often accompanies a cancer diagnosis.
Many good causes close to the winners have also benefitted from players’ support, and local charities can next apply for funding in August.
Scarlets’ grassroots clubs show community spirit in delivering vital food packages
Scarlets community clubs have been working together to help deliver vital food packages across the region.
Volunteers from grassroots clubs and WRU girls hubs across Ceredigion, Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire have been helping take the food packages to vulnerable members of society who are self-isolating during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The clubs have teamed up with the Scarlets Community Foundation — the charity arm of the Scarlets — and Carmarthen-based food wholesaler Castell Howell, while Scarlets players Osian Knott, Kieran Hardy, Ryan Conbeer and Jac Morgan have also lent their hand to the operation.
More than 300 packages were due to be delivered on Monday and Tuesday (April 6 & April 7), with the initiative highlighting that even without any action on the field, rugby clubs remain at the heart of their community.
Scarlets Community Foundation manager Caroline Newman said: “We have been overwhelmed with the support that we have received from local clubs, the number of people prepared to volunteer to help the most vulnerable in our communities has been touching.
“People’s reasons for requesting packs have often been heart-wrenching and it really has made us appreciate what we have.
“The foundation has worked closely with Castell Howell to make sure the packages are ready to go to those whose need is greatest, managing to turn things around pretty quickly and I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone involved in making this happen, our funder, Castell Howell, all the clubs, our helpline volunteer and the foundation members.
“Great teamwork which has made me proud to be part of the fantastic community that rugby creates.”
Here are the rugby clubs and WRU girls rugby hubs taking part in the initiative
Aberaeron, Aberystwyth, Amman Utd, Ammanford, Burry Port, Betws, Bynea, Cardigan, Cefneithin, Felinfoel, Fishguard & Goodwick, Furnace Utd, Haverfordwest, Kidwelly, Llandeilo, Llandovery, Llandybie, Llanelli Wanderers, Llangennech, Llangwm, Merched Mynydd Mawr, Milford Haven, Narberth, New Dock Stars, Newcastle Emlyn, Neyland, Penybanc, Pontyates, St Clears, Stradey Sospans, Tenby Utd, Tumble, Tycroes, Whitland, Yr Hendy.
First two cases of coronavirus in Carmarthenshire confirmed
THE FIRST two cases of coronavirus have been found in Carmarthenshire, the Welsh Government announced today.
The two patients in the Carmarthenshire local authority area had recently returned together from northern Italy.
It comes as the Hywel Dda Health Board which serves the area opened two centres to test for coronavirus, one in Cardigan and one in Carmarthen.
The health board announced it had opened the testing centres to “help protect the health of our communities”, while also saying that centres could be opened in other areas across the health board.
The Chief Medical Officer for Wales, Dr Frank Atherton, confirmed that a total of nine patients in Wales had tested positive for coronavirus (COVID -19) today, bringing the total to 15.