. . . AND PORTH­MADOG STARS IN LIST OF TOP AT­TRAC­TIONS

Caernarfon Herald - - FRONT PAGE - Owen Hughes

NORTH Wales has three towns in the list of the top sea­side des­ti­na­tions in the UK for stay­ca­tions.

The re­gion has per­formed well in the re­search by Mar­bles, which uses data like beach rat­ings, ho­tel cost, num­ber of nearby at­trac­tions, and how many rainy days there are.

Beau­maris is the high­est-placed North Wales town, com­ing in sev­enth in the list of the top 40, scor­ing well on at­trac­tions and ac­com­mo­da­tion costs.

Next up from the re­gion is the Queen of Welsh re­sorts Llan­dudno – which was placed at 11th. Re­searchers were im­pressed with the rea­son­able ho­tel costs and the num­ber of at­trac­tions.

Porth­madog also made it on the list – down in 36th – with a low num­ber of rainy days and nice beaches nearby.

Jim Jones, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of North Wales Tourism, which rep­re­sents around 1,500 tourism-re­lated busi­nesses, was not sur­prised by the suc­cess. He said: “I am de­lighted to see Beau­maris, Llan­dudno and Porth­madog in the top 40 for this sur­vey.

“Lonely Planet named North Wales as the fourth top place to visit in the world, and Trav­elodge also put North Wales in its Top Five places for a stay­ca­tion, so it’s good to see yet an­other travel provider putting North Wales firmly on the hol­i­day map.

“This sur­vey is an­other fan­tas­tic vote of con­fi­dence in what North Wales has to of­fer vis­i­tors, with year-round ac­tiv­i­ties, ex­cel­lent value for money for meals, qual­ity ac­com­mo­da­tion, clean beaches and good weather. With a quar­ter of the Bri­tish pop­u­la­tion liv­ing within a two-hour drive of North Wales, stay­ca­tions are in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar.

“Tourism con­tin­ues to be an im­por­tant part of the econ­omy of North Wales – more peo­ple are find­ing rea­sons to stay longer and spend money here.

“Fig­ures re­leased last month by the Welsh Gov­ern­ment show that North Wales has seen an­other ex­cel­lent sea­son, with tourist providers look­ing for­ward to re­main­ing busy.

“In­creas­ingly, peo­ple are de­cid­ing to visit this area thanks to the va­ri­ety of ac­tiv­i­ties – more than £ £100m of pri­vate money is be­ing in­vested in tourist at­trac­tions in North Wales. Plus, there is a wide range of ac­com­mo­da­tion to suit all pock­ets, from ho­tel rooms through to camp sites.”

Top of the UK list was S South­wold, in Suf­folk, while T Tenby was the high­est-placed W Welsh re­sort.

UK WIN­NER: SOUTH­WOLD

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