The majority of tourism businesses in Wales either increased or maintained their visitor levels this Easter. Good weather over the period and a late Easter were the most common reasons for the increase.
Businesses increased or maintained their visitor levels this Easter.
The latest tourism statistics released today by the Wales Tourism Business Barometer shows businesses across the country performed well, with those in the south west benefitting in particular.
Those sectors where visitors don’t have to book far in advance (or at all) performed particularly well.
The fine weather did have an impact on indoor tourist attractions, however, who reported a quieter period.
One attraction owner in south Wales said: "As a result of the removal of fees on the Severn Bridge, we’ve seen a 30% increase or so. People who otherwise would have gone to Devon surfing are now coming to Porthcawl".
Another added: "Since the removal of the tolls, we’ve seen a great deal more surfers from England coming to Porthcawl".
Throughout the period there was still plenty going on in Westminster with Brexit bringing a turbulent March and April.
According to the Wales Tourism Business Barometer the uncertainty has affected some tourism businesses in Wales. Some owners said visitors "held off" making bookings as a result.
The data suggests those attractions that rely on European visitors seem to have been more affected. One business owner in north Wales said:
"We have seen a decline in European visitors. I think this is down to Brexit. It’s psychological and totally irrational. Also due to Brexit, there’s a trend of last minute bookings".
The report concluded that following such a warm Easter, Wales' tourist industry is now looking forward to the summer season.