With concerns over inflation biting into tourist spending, recent figures released by the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority reveal its visitor attractions are ‘bucking the trend’ hitting a record-breaking quarter of a million visitors in 2011.
The figures show that National Park sites are increasingly giving visitors great value for their money with free galleries, action-packed family days and quality family time near stunning scenery.
More than 255,000 visitors passed through the doors of the Authority’s sites last year including Carew Castle and Tidal Mill, Castell Henllys Iron Age Fort, Oriel y Parc Gallery and Visitor Centre, Tenby National Park Visitor Centre and Newport Visitor Centre.
The Authority’s Director of Delivery and Discovery James Parkin stated: “The steady increase in visitor numbers is a clear demonstration that the Park Authority has continued to build on the success of its visitor services over the last three years.
“Our ongoing investment in key facilities such as Oriel y Parc in St Davids and our commitment to a comprehensive and exciting activities and events programme is adding value to the Pembrokeshire tourism ‘offer’ and helping to draw more and more people to the area.
In addition, major events such as Ironman Wales are attracting new overseas visitors to our world-class and award-winning National Park.
“The launch of the Wales Coast Path on May 5th, which includes the Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail, is generating significant international attention and numerous accolades from prestigious publications such as National Geographic and Lonely Planet.”
To help people make the most of the Coast Path, the Authority organises a 14-day Coast Path walk. To book or for more information about this walk call 0845 345 7275.
Head of Discovery Phil Roach added: “We are particularly proud that the Park Authority’s visitor centres and attractions are achieving such high visitor numbers when, on the whole, the number of visitors coming to Wales has reduced slightly over the last year.
“We now receive as many visitors through the Park Authority’s centres as Kensington Palace in London, which demonstrates the popularity of our magnificent coastal landscape to people visiting West Wales.”
For more information on National Park centres, pick up a copy of Coast to Coast or log onto www.pembrokeshirecoast.org.uk