It's not just our beaches that are doing well. There's also been a big increase in the number of people visiting our golf courses. And that's resulted in a £5million boost to our economy. Nick Hartley reports.
As Wales prepares for Easter our all important tourist industry has received a big boost today. More than a hundred beaches around our coast have been graded as having excellent water quality in an influential annual survey. It's the best result in years. Dean Thomas reports.
The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) Wales Programme Manager, Gill Bell, says she hopes the latest figures on Welsh beach water quality will be a boost to tourism in Wales.
The MCS has recommended 109 out of 152 Welsh beaches tested during last summer as having excellent water quality - that's 11 more than the previous year.
It's great news that we are able to recommend so many beaches for excellent water quality and it shows just how good Welsh beaches can be. The main challenge now is maintaining these standards, whatever the weather.
Most people don't realise what a big impact the weather can have on bathing water quality, but this has really been highlighted in the last few years. 2008, 2009 and 2012 were, according to the Met Office, amongst the wettest summers on record since 1910, and fewer UK bathing waters met minimum and higher water quality standards because of increased pollution running off rural and urban areas and overloaded sewers.
– Gill Bell, Marine Conservation Society Wales Programme Manager
Visitors to the Good Beach Guide will now be able to see really up to date information. We've supported the development of forecast systems that provide information about when water quality is likely to be temporarily poor.
But these predictions are no replacement for improvements and so Dwr Cymru Welsh Water and local authorities must continue to improve sewerage infrastructure and reduce diffuse pollution so that eventually we will only need such warnings during and after exceptionally wet weather.
One of Wales' driest summers in recent memory has resulted in more bathing beaches than last year being recommended for their excellent water quality in the annual 'Good Beach Guide' launched online today.
The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) has recommended 109 out of 152 beaches tested during last summer as having excellent water quality - that's 11 more than the previous year.
There was also one less failure than the previous year, with just four beaches tested last summer failing to reach minimum water quality standards.
Two women have been rescued after being cut off by the sea on the coast of Carmarthenshire.
Police, coastguards and the RNLI were called to Cefn Sidan beach just before 5pm yesterday evening.
One woman, said to be in a critical condition, was airlifted by the RAF to Swansea's Morriston Hospital.
The other was taken by ambulance to West Wales General Hospital.
Natural Resources Wales is reassuring visitors to some North Wales beaches that bright orange-coloured water is not pollution.
It says it's a type of seasonal marine algae.
Officers have been testing the water at Penmaenmawr beach and have identified the early signs of an algal bloom.
There are reports Reports that the orange colour is visible at Llandudno and may also be present on other beaches in North Wales.
The Noctiluca marine algae, also known as Sea Sparkle, is common across the Welsh coastline during this time of year, and is a naturally occurring phenomenon.
The orange colour can be even more pronounced at night as it appears to glow in the dark.
The iOS version of a new beaches app will be launched later this morning in Kenfig, with the Android versions also available to download in a few weeks.
– Emyr Roberts, Chief Executive of Natural Resources Wales
The app will help highlight some of the excellent recreational opportunities that are available for people in Wales and the visitors who come to explore. The Wales Coast Path showcases the diversity of the landscape and habitats of Wales, from the urban environments to the vast countryside, linking up our nation."
In many parts of Wales, it's been the sort of day when you might have thought about heading to the beach.
Soon you'll be able to take advantage of a new app available from today which tells you all you need to know about the beach you may be heading to.
Carl Edwards reports.