Campsite owner warns of 'long lasting damage' to tourism industry in Wales

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A campsite owner has warned current lockdown restrictions in Wales are a ''perfect recipe for disaster'' for his business and others in the tourism industry here.

Tom Beynon, who owns a campsite in Three Cliffs Bay, Gower, wants clarity from the Welsh Government on when his business can reopen.

''Guests are ringing us everyday asking when we are going to open,'' Tom said.

''Just a little bit of clarity would help us and help businesses who are supported by us being here.''

''We need to be open for the school holidays really. For the good of Gower we need to be opened for the Summer holidays.''

The beach at Barry Island (left) and Bournemouth (right) on Bank Holiday Monday reflecting the different lockdown rules in Wales and England.

Over the bank holiday, beaches in Wales remained deserted as people followed Welsh Government rules not to travel. In England, restrictions on travel have been eased.

Tom says it would be '' hugely frustrating'' if rules in England were relaxed enough to allow the hospitality industry to open before Wales.

''Tourism is a really big part of the economy here in Wales.'' Tom said.

''If we were to be closed while England were open that would probably do long lasting damage because people would find other areas and sites to go to and we could be looking at a longer problem than just this season. ''