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Welsh Government welcomes Wales Coast Path award

Ministers have welcomed news that the Wales Coast Path scooped the top prize at a recent ceremony in London.

The 870-mile path won the Silver Jubilee Cup and the Exemplary Rural Planning category at the Royal Town Planning Institute awards on Wednesday evening.

Culture Minister John Griffiths said the accolade was 'thoroughly deserved', while Economy Minister Edwina Hart called the Welsh coast 'one of our most important tourism assets'.

The Wales Coast Path has already provided a £16m boost to the Welsh economy and has been voted by the Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2012 as the greatest region on earth to visit in 2012. This latest award is excellent news for the the Wales Coast path and for Wales.

– Edwina Hart AM, Minister for Economy, Science and Transport

Plans to turn North Wales into top adventure destination unveiled

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The new Heart of Adventure campaign aims to build on the region's reputation as a hotspot for adventure holidays. Credit: ITV News

The aim is to bring 50 outdoor specialist companies on board, generate an extra £500,000 in visitor spending and create 25 new jobs in the process.

The region's outdoor sector already employs more than 8,500 people while bringing in more than £150 million a year.

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Urban summer beach coming to Cardiff

Nottingham Riviera in 2009 - this summer Cardiff will also have an 'urban beach' at Roald Dahl Plass. Credit: PA

The Cardiff Festival will have a new attraction this summer with the Roald Dahl Plass being transformed into an urban beach.

The city council says there will be deck chairs, with shaded areas and giant parasols. There will also be a child-friendly beach with a sand pit and a shallow water play area.

For more energetic types the beach will have goal posts and volleyball nets for beach soccer and beach volleyball tournaments.

Artist's impression of the urban brach coming to Cardiff this summer. Credit: Cardiff Council
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