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Council and RNLI team up for lifeguards

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Lifeguards from the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) will be on duty in Denbighshire for the first time this summer.

Starting in May, two beaches will be patrolled by a new seasonal service run in partnership between the RNLI and Denbighshire County Council.

For many years the council has employed lifeguards in Rhyl and Prestatyn beaches.

Now the RNLI, which already operates lifeguards on 32 beaches in Wales and more than 220 across the UK, will run the service after a partnership with the Council was approved by Cabinet Members.

Last year our lifeguards assisted more than 900 people on 32 beaches in Wales and we are really pleased to begin working with Denbighshire County Council to provide a lifeguard service at Rhyl and Prestatyn.

Our lifeguards will build on the council’s good work and provide a safety service fitting for these two popular beaches.

– Peter Rooney, RNLI Lifeguard Manager

Good summer for Welsh hotels and B&Bs

Llandudno is just one of Wales' well-loved holiday destinations. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Latest figures from the Welsh Government show almost eight out of ten hotels rooms across Wales were occupied in August.

In the first eight months of this year the number was up on 2014.

Guesthouses and B&Bs also saw increased business but there was a drop in the number of people holidaying in static caravans.

Overnight trips 'up on last year', tourism figures show

More visitors are coming to Wales and, per person, they are spending more than last year.

That is according to the second annual report on tourism.

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During the first quarter of 2015 the total volume of overnight trips to Wales was 1.62 million That's up by 7 per cent up in comparison with the first three months of 2014.

In January-April 2015, average spend per day trip in Wales was higher than the average in the first four months of 2014.

In 2015, 46 cruise ships are scheduled to visit Wales – a 94% increase year on year, with 22,500 passengers and an economic impact of £2.9 million.

Tourism in Wales is in a strong position. Two years into the ambitious tourism strategy, ‘Partnership for Growth’ we are seeing that public sector leadership and support, driven by private-sector investment and innovation, is helping to put Wales ahead of the competition.

– Ken Skates AM, Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism

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
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