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Coastline celebrated as 2018 named 'Year of the Sea'

2018 will be the 'Year of the Sea' Credit: Welsh Government

Wales' coastline is to be celebrated next year, as 2018 becomes the 'Year of the Sea'.

The Tourism Minister, Lord Elis-Thomas, will make the announcement later.

“The themed year gives us a chance to celebrate our unique 870-mile Wales Coast Path, our 230 beaches and 50 islands and the fact that we have more Blue Flag beaches per mile than anywhere else in Britain.

– Lord Elis-Thomas, Tourism Minister

It's the third time Visit Wales has done a themed year, after Year of Adventure 2016 and Year of Legends 2017, helped generate more than £370million extra for the Welsh economy.

Hannah Mills Credit: Welsh Government

Double Olympic sailor Hannah Mills has been announced as the Ambassador:

I am so excited to be involved in Year of the Sea. Growing up in Cardiff and exploring the coasts and seas around Wales from Anglesey to Mumbles, the Welsh coastline has had a huge impact on shaping my earlier career.

– Hannah Mills, Olympic sailor