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Welsh beaches scoop international award

Welsh beaches have been ranked among the best in the UK and across the world with 34 achieving Blue Flag status and 31 obtaining Green Coast Awards.

Wales is renowned for its beautiful award winning coastline, leading the UK in Blue Flag beaches. Credit: PA Images

Pembrokeshire is home to some of the best beaches, winning 10 Blue Flags, followed by Gwynedd with eight and Anglesey with six.

The beaches were judged on criteria including cleanliness, water quality and safety.

Natural Resources Minister Alun Davies says:

"The awards demonstrate the high standard of Welsh bathing water quality and reflect the diversity of our beautiful coastline, which is enjoyed by our communities and the millions of visitors to Welsh beaches each year.

"These awards also recognise the hard work of everyone involved in achieving and maintaining these high standards."

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"It's personal" say hoteliers on world's best list

Carol-Lynn and Ian Robbins, owners of Lauriston Court in Llandudno Credit: Lauriston Court Hotel

A seaside hotel in Llandudno has been named the world's thirst best bargain hotel, moving three positions up from its ranking in sixth place last year.

The Lauriston Court Hotel was also named the number one bargain hotel in the UK.

Carol-Lynn and Ian Robbins, owners of Lauriston Court, said, “We take pride in the knowledge that our guests appreciate everything we are doing and we would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has stayed with us over the past year for helping us to win this award.

"Winning this award is a tremendous achievement for us and the rest of the team at Lauriston Court.”

The hotel moved up from third place from last year's 6th. Credit: Lauriston Court Hotel

The results of the TripAdvisor 2014 travellers awards also listed another Llandudno hotel, The Wellington, which features in the list of best bargain hotels in Europe, ranking in ninth place.

Last year Ian and Carol-Lynn Robbins told ITV Cymru Wales it's their personal touch that's made them so successful.

"We get to know our guests really really well and that's because we've only got 11 bedrooms. Any more and I think we would really struggle because we like to make it personal".

Bod Gwynedd Bed & Breakfast, Betws-y-Coed was named one of UKs best B&Bs Credit: Bod Gwynedd B&B
Plas Dinas Country House, Bontnewydd, is Britain's 9th best B&B Credit: TripAdvisor

Welsh tourism sector 'one of strongest in UK' in 2013

by Rob Shelley

Wales enjoyed a bumper year for tourism in 2013, a survey has revealed.

Half a million more visitors from Britain alone crossed the border compared to 2012, with an eight per cent rise in overnight stays.

Visitors spent £1.4 billion, with Wales' tourism sector seeing some of the strongest increases in Britain.

Figures reveal a bumper year for Wales tourism

Wales saw a boom in tourism over 2013 compared to Britain as a whole Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Wales saw a marked increase in tourism in 2013, according to figures released today.

The Great Britain Tourism Survey has revealed British residents made more than eight million visits to Wales in the first nine months of 2013 - up 7.8% compared to the same period in 2012.

Last year's tourism figures are also 5.4% higher than in 2011, which was considered an excellent season for tourism in Wales.

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