. . . AND PORTHMADOG STARS IN LIST OF TOP ATTRACTIONS
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