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Rise in use of self-catering rooms across Wales for 2015

The latest Wales Occupancy Survey has shown that use of self-catering rooms in Wales has had the biggest increase within the first five months of 2015, rising from 58% in 2014 to 63%.

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Self catering rooms in Mid-Wales have seen the largest regional rise from 42% in 2014 to 46% in 2015 - an increase of 4%

Hotels across Wales have only seen a marginal increase of just 1% compared to the same period in 2014.

The occupancy survey monitors of the performance of tourism accommodation. The results are used by operators, Visit Wales and local authorities to plan, market and develop tourism resources.

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Free advice services get £2.2m

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Frontline advice services which help vulnerable people across Wales will receive £2,187,000 of additional funding.

The grant funding will enable Citizens Advice Cymru, Shelter Cymru, SNAP Cymru, Age Cymru and Tenovus Cancer Care to offer free advice on a range of issues.

They include cancer support, housing, employment and debt.

"When people are struggling with ill-health, debt, unemployment or housing problems, sound advice and a helping hand can really help get their lives back on track"

– Lesley Griffiths AM, Communities Minister

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Wales This Week catch-up: Food For Thought

Does the produce we make in Wales get the backing it deserves? And what can be done to protect against the supermarkets? Wales This Week Investigates Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

The food and drink industry is Wales’ biggest employer - but as supermarkets slash contracts and spark widespread redundancies, what can be done to boost Brand Wales?

Wales This Week "Food For Thought" is now available to watch online at itv.com/walesprogrammes

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