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'Long delays' reported on M4 around Newport

There are reports of long delays on the M4 around Newport. Both the eastbound and westbound carriageways are congested.


Welsh Government: Vistor figures 'speak for themselves'

The Commons Welsh Affairs Committee has today called for more to be done to encourage international tourists to visit Wales.

In a report the committee claims Wales lacks a 'coherent brand' for the overseas market, and must be marketed more vigorously.

A spokesperson for the Welsh Government however said current strategies were delivering strong results for Wales.

Most recent international visitor and inward investment figures for Wales speak for themselves and demonstrate that our current strategies are delivering strong results for Wales.Figures released today reveal a very significant increase of 21% in the number of international visitors to Wales in the first six months of this year.

Our approach to marketing Wales overseas has been refocused and now concentrates on the three key markets identified as having the highest potential for growth - Germany, USA and Ireland.

– Welsh Government spokesperson

Committee criticises Wales' tourism industry

The Committee claims Wales is not fulfilling its potential for increasing tourism Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

The way Wales' multi-billion pounds tourist industry is organised is being criticised by a group of MPs.

The Commons Welsh Affairs Committee says Wales is being undersold, and is concerned that the country still has a low profile overseas compared to other parts of the UK.

According to a report published by the Committee today, Wales attracts the third smallest number of international visitors of any UK region.

The committee is calling on both VisitBritain and VisitWales to develop a new strategy by February next year.

Wales has some of the most spectacular landscape in Britain and Europe, a unique culture, language and history, dynamic cities, and offers a range of activities and a high quality of life.

The tourism bodies responsible for promoting Wales need to grasp this opportunity and maximise Wales' potential as a destination.

– David TC Davies MP, Chair of Committee

Arriva Trains Wales: RMT Union strike called off

Arriva Trains Wales says a strike, due to hit services in North Wales, has been called off.

Members of the RMT union, at three depots including Holyhead and Llandudno Junction, were due to walk out tomorrow and Friday.

Talks will resume to resolve the dispute.

The strikes would have hit services in North Wales.

"We are pleased to announce that the RMT Industrial Action planned for Thursday 23 and Friday 24 October in North Wales and the surrounding area has been postponed pending further talks.

We look forward to reopening discussions with the RMT in the presence of ACAS to resolve these issues as we are keen to avoid any further disruption to our services for our customers in the future. Again we would like to apologise to our customers for any inconvenience that the past industrial action may have caused."

– Lynne Milligan, Customer Service for Arriva Trains Wales

Flintshire Bridge to re-open by 5.30pm

Flintshire Council says the Flintshire Bridge - which has been closed due to stormy weather - is expected to re-open by 5.30pm.


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