Tourism and hospitality industry ‘won’t forget’ treatment by Welsh Government, industry boss says
The tourism and hospitality industry in Wales “won’t forget” how it has been treated by the Welsh Government, one of the industry’s leaders has said.
Jim Jones, the chief executive of North Wales Tourism, said that not aligning with England had caused “confusion and anxiety” for the industry in Wales.
He welcomed the Welsh Government’s announcement today that indoor hospitality would open on May 17 but said it would take a long time for them to forget the reluctance to provide them with a roadmap to recovery.
“Whilst this is a welcome step on the road to recovery, let’s not shy away from calling out reluctance by the Welsh Government to provide the business sector with a roadmap and alignment with England where 80 percent of our business comes from,” he said.
“This is something the tourism and hospitality sector will not forget in a hurry.
“A great degree of anxiety and confusion for many of our tourism and hospitality businesses has been caused unnecessarily right the way through this whole pandemic.
“This and continued financial support has been always been our number one ask.”
He added however that the announcement today would be a “great relief to so many” and would allow them to plan for the future.
“The opening of indoor hospitality and indoor attractions gives our businesses some certainty to plan their restart, recruit extra members of staff, order stock to cope with a pent up demand for indoor dining, reopening of our restaurants and cafes which we anticipate is going to be huge,” he said.
“We’ve all been through so much during the last 12 months and we will welcome back visitors to North Wales with open arms.
“We want them to enjoy the delights and experiences of North Wales, but please at the same time recognise and respect what our communities have been through also.”