Around 12million people visit Wales' national parks each year, spending around £1bn in goods and services, according to a new report. The report looks at the extent to which the national parks impact upon the economy and the lives of people in Wales.
Assembly Members from across the parties have expressed their support for the work of the three national park authorities in a 'statement of opinion' being raised at the National Assembly.
This National Assembly commends the work of our three National Park Authorities and recognises their significant contribution to the Welsh economy - estimated to be in the region of £1billion. We further acknowledge that the National Parks of Wales play a pivotal role in the economic development of their respective regions that extends far beyond their physical boundaries. The specialised and consistent approach to the management of these natural assets ensures their protection and sustainability for the enjoyment of both residents and the 12 million annual visitors.
– Assembly Members statement of opinion
This report makes for interesting reading and shows clearly what an asset the national parks are to the nation and our economy. Amongst the many positives that emerge from the report are the 12 million annual visitors - testament indeed to the popularity of the parks and their importance to the communities both within and beyond their boundaries. It is also a credit to the National Parks Authorities who play such an important role in making the visitor experience an enjoyable one.
– John Griffiths AM, Minister for Culture and Sport
When people think of Wales' national parks, i'm sure that many images come to mind reflecting the geographical diversity of their respective landscapes - from the slopes of the Brecon Beacons and beautiful Pembrokeshire coastline to the heights of Snowdonia. But one thing, i'm sure, that we all agree on is that these areas of outstanding beauty symbolise the spirit of Wales - an inspiration for generations of writers, poets and artists.
– Aneurin Phillips, Snowdonia National Park Chief Executive
Around 12 million people visit Wales' national parks each year, spending more than £1billion, according to a new report being launched today.
The 'Valuing Wales' National Parks' report looks at the extent to which the Snowdonia, Brecon Beacons and Pembrokeshire Coast national parks impact upon the Welsh economy and the lives of people in Wales.
Commissioned by National Parks Wales, the Welsh Local Government Association and Natural Resources Wales, the report will be officially launched at the Pierhead Building in Cardiff Bay later today.