Updated February 2022
The visitor centre and bistro is now open at Aber Falls Distillery. Clients can make their own gin with the Gin Lab Experience. They also offer Distillery Tours which include master classes, lab experiences, and an opportunity to sample and purchase from the range of premium quality spirits. The gift shop stocks a range of award-winning, premium gins and liqueurs and their single-malt whisky which was released in 2021.
Adventure Tours UK is the first UK inbound tour operator to provide a carbon footprint label on all of its small group adventure holidays. From its multi-activity adventure breaks to wild wellness retreats and epic hiking experiences, Adventure Tours UK worked with ecollective, a forward-thinking sustainability consultancy, to measure the carbon footprint of every single group tour. The founder, Claire Copeman, has been named as Start-up Entrepreneur of the Year for Wales at the Great British Entrepreneur Awards.
Anglo Welsh Waterways Holidays is offering visitors to Trevor Basin the opportunity to enjoy a boat trip across the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, aboard its newly refurbished trip boat ‘Seren Fach’. The 45min return trips take your clients across the World Heritage Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, towering 38 metres (126 feet) high with amazing views across the Dee Valley. It runs daily (except Tuesdays) and can take up to 48 passengers. Refreshments are available on-board.
Caernarfon Castle is developing a new accessible visitor centre at the castle’s main entrance, the King’s Gate. It will include an interactive experience, event space and improved retail space. It will also see new lift and stair access to the Town Walls, two new luxury apartments and significant conservation works to the walled town entrance. The project is due to be completed by autumn 2022.
Caerphilly Castle is undergoing a £5million renovation scheme that includes a new visitor centre, catering, toilets, digital interpretation of the site and a 13th century makeover of the Great Hall due to be completed by autumn 2023.
Cardiff Tours offer two new Cardiff walking tours by Cardiff-based professional tourist guides, Lucy O’Donnell and Teleri Roberts. The Walking Tour of Cardiff Bay and The Walking Tour of Cardiff City (still being finalised). The tours for groups of up to seven pax last 2 hours or 3 hours if including a walk to Penarth Marina with a return by water taxi and include a refreshment stop at a local café or pub.
Celtic Routes is a new way to discover West Wales and Ireland’s Ancient East. For Celtic inspiration visit their website.
The Chartist Tower Hotel, Newport will open in spring 2022. It is a 4 star, 150 bedroomed hotel by Mercure. It will be a good base for exploring South East Wales.
Three major tourist attractions in South Wales have joined forces to create a bespoke tour - Coin, Coal and Cheers. It includes a behind the scene tour of coin making at The Royal Mint Experience, a tour with an ex-miner at A Welsh Coal Mining Experience and a gin distillery tour and tasting at Hensol Castle Distillery. Minimum tour size is 16. Cost is £45 net and are not sold to the public. This can be split over a few days or they can offer a full day silver or gold package or offer a bespoke experience. To book call 01443 682036 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
As part of Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council's new tourism campaign, Dramatic Heart of Wales, a new destination website has been launched which features itineraries and a group travel guide featuring inspiring experiences including places to stay and eat for groups.
Elan Valley has opened two new man-made mountain biking skill tracks, a blue graded track for more intermediate mountain bikers and a red, more challenging track for the more advanced, experienced riders. The new tracks are free to use and highly accessible from the car park by Nantgwyllt Church. Bike hire is available.
Hensol Castle Distillery at the Vale Resort is now open offering a craft spirit distillery, gin school, visitor experience, bonded warehouse and bottling plant.
Knowdonia, a small group tour business, has recently launched, offering customised itinerary-free private, group, single and multi-day tours for maximum of eight people around Snowdonia and the wider North Wales area.
Welsh Water Attractions have had a number of new developments to their sites including the opening of Llys-y-Frân Lake which has included the refurbishment and expansion of the visitor centre and café. It now offers a wide range of water and land-based activities such as walking, cycling, fishing, open water swimming, kayaking and stand up paddle boarding.
Loving Welsh Food has launched a new Cosmopolitan Cardiff Food Tour. Your clients will be introduced to the different cultural cuisines offered in the capital city and learn about Cardiff’s varied and lively history.
Mid Wales Tours is UK’s only licenced motorcycle and sidecar tour. Sean Westlake is a former police motorcyclist and an official green badge Wales tourist guide for North Wales, offering full and half day tours of Mid and North Wales for two people. He can also arrange bespoke tours. Your clients will be provided with a commentary as they travel via a radio. Helmets and wet weather clothing can be provided if required.
National Botanic Garden of Wales has opened a £7million Regency Restoration attraction. It includes a 1.5 km lake, a waterfall and a cascade, a 350 meter long dam, six bridges and accessible pathways. It has won the Institute of Civil Engineering (ICE) People’s Choice Award.
National Churches Trust has unveiled a series of bespoke tours combining Wales’ sacred treasures and hidden gems as part of its ‘Experiencing Sacred Wales’ programme. The website showcases the fascinating history and stunning art and architecture of over 500 historic places of worship across the country with suggested itineraries linking them together.
North West Wales' slate landscape has been awarded World Heritage status. It is now Wales’ 4th UNESCO World Heritage site. Between 1780 and 1940 the slate industry dominated world production of roofing slates, transforming both the environment and the communities who lived and worked here. Today, there is plenty for visitors to discover and experience as the legacy of the industry continues to be recognised worldwide.
The Parkgate Hotel in Cardiff is a new luxury 170 bedroom hotel and an exciting collaboration between the Welsh Rugby Union, property developer Rightacres, and The Celtic Collection.
Penderyn Lloyd Street Llandudno Distillery has opened their new distillery in Llandudno and plan to open another site in Swansea by the end of 2022. It will be housed in the historic Hafod Morfa Copperworks site. All distilleries include an exhibition area, shop, a tasting bar and a conference suite.
Saundersfoot will see the completion of a £9million redevelopment scheme. Phase two projects include Ocean Square Heritage & Arts Centre Retail, accommodation, visitor centre, Marine Centre of Excellence, Coastal Storm Centre and coastal schooner centre. Most facilities will be available by Easter 2022.
Tŷ Milford Waterfront Hotel is a new 100 bedroomed 3 star hotel is opening in Pembrokeshire April 2022. It is part of The Celtic Collection (including Celtic Manor Resort). Their Tŷ Hotels brand includes Tŷ Magor and Tŷ Newport and will be targeting group business.
Vale of Rheidol Railway in Aberystwyth will see the conversion of existing engine shed into a new steam engine museum due to open spring/summer 2023. A new café is planned to open the same time. A new ticket office is due to open October 2022. Already completed is a new platform, toilet block and new storage building for the heritage coaching stock. Trains will run from April 2022 until October 2002 and then open February half term 2023 for a week, weekends in March and then every day from March onwards.
Wales Coast Path and National Trails in Wales has launched a new Travel Trade toolkit. The walking paths include the Wales Coast Path (celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2022), incorporating Pembrokeshire Coast Path and Glyndŵr’s Way. It includes walking itineraries, coach parking, places to eat and drink and did you know facts. Look out for Wales Coast Path’s planned events and guided tours to celebrate the anniversary. They are also planning new walking itineraries, created in partnership with Cadw combining the path’s offering with visits to Wales’ most iconic castles and historic landmarks.
The Wales Way continues to be a focus as part of a ten year development programme to increase visitors to Wales. This one epic route includes three distinct journeys that cross the country, showcasing Wales’ fascinating history, coastlines, landscape and attractions. The Wales Way is named among the 25 best trips in the world in 2020 by National Geographic. Travel Trade friendly itineraries highlighting these routes are available.
WOTGA (Wales Official Tourist Guides Association) announced that 19 Blue Badge Linguist Guides from across the UK successfully passed their endorsement course 'Telling the Stories of South Wales. Including Portuguese, Italian, Spanish, Romanian, Dutch and more German guides. Wales already has three French, two Italian and four German speaking Welsh Blue Badge Guides. They are now running a second course for North Wales. There are also seven new Green Badge Tourist Guides for the South East region of Wales, six new Guides for South West Wales and 10 for North Wales.