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Visitors will stay away if there’s a tourism tax says Welsh Tory leader as he meets man who banned Mark Drakeford

01 Sep 2022 3 minute read
Andrew RT Davies and Ashford Price at Dan yr Ogof Caves

Visitors will stay away from Wales if a tourism tax is brought in, Welsh Conservative leader Andrew RT Davies has said as he met a man who has banned Mark Drakeford from his attraction.

Welsh Government ministers have been banned from visiting Dan yr Ogof Caves because of their “anti-tourism, anti-English” attitude according to the owner.

Ashford Price, who is also secretary of the Welsh Association of Visitor Attractions, said that the tourism tax could “damage” the tourism industry in Wales as tourists would visit other parts of the UK without a tax instead.

Andrew RT Davies, who met with Ashford Price as he visited the site today, said that he agreed.

“When you look at the impact Labour and Plaid’s tourism policies will have on our tourism industry, even on a well known and loved place like the Showcaves, there is real cause for concern,” he said.

“Many businesses will choose to invest elsewhere, many visitors will choose to visit elsewhere, and it’s Welsh businesses and communities that will miss out most when that money and those jobs go elsewhere.

“The Welsh Conservatives have been unequivocal: No tourism tax. We should cherish and nurture these businesses, not set them up for failure.”

A sign now being displayed in the Dan Yr Ogof ticket office reads: ”Owing to the Welsh Government’s anti-tourism, and anti-English policies being imposed on the Welsh tourism industry, members of the Welsh Government are no longer welcome at this attraction. Their policies will lead to tourism businesses being forced to close and thousands of tourism jobs lost.”

‘Redundant’

Ashford Price said last month that he had not seen similar policies under previous Welsh Labour governments.

“I have had the pleasure of meeting two First Ministers for Wales at the caves,” he told WalesOnline. “The late Rhodri Morgan and Carwyn Jones on more than one occasion and they were always genuinely interested in tourism.

“However, the present Welsh Government with their anti-tourism policies, namely the 182-day rule, the proposed tourism tax, and planned alterations to the main summer holidays, clearly show that they do not understand or care that their actions will decimate seasonal tourism businesses in Wales.

“Thirty per cent of self-catering businesses are forecast to close, with a resulting loss of 1,400 Welsh jobs. Is it any wonder that some operators in Welsh tourism are now holding back on any future investment in Wales? With the resultant job losses, soon the only growth area in Welsh tourism will be the growth in redundant tourism operators claiming ‘benefits’.

“The Welsh Government have used ‘bully boys’ tactics to bulldoze through these new laws, ignoring tourism opposition and leading experts advising against these new proposals. For the Welsh Government to take these actions, especially during a cost-of-living crisis, and a recession starting this Autumn that according to the Bank of England will last for over a year and with inflation rising to 13% next year is complete economic madness!

“Eighty per cent of all visitors to Wales are English and many of these new policies will be seen as anti-English by the English media. Wales will pay a heavy price if our main tourism market refuses to pay the proposed tourism tax, and vote with their feet and go elsewhere. In a recession, people will be looking for ‘bargain holidays’ not holiday regions where you pay a tax for visiting them.”


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Gareth
Gareth
29 days ago

In calling a tourist tax ” anti English” either RT and his mate Mr Price think it only applies to English people, and do not understand what the tax is, or are deliberately trying to mislead people. There is also the option that both are just plain thick. I think it’s all of them.

Rhufawn Jones
Rhufawn Jones
29 days ago
Reply to  Gareth

This would be a really great psychological case study. It may be all of the above – but more than anything, I think it betrays a deep an probably subconscious entrenched mindset regarding how they view Wales – a playground for England’s convenience and cheap entertainment. That’s all Wales is good for. And once that cheap entertainment becomes a tiny bit more expensive, and that the ball is not in their court, then they’re on the back foot and defensive.

Glen
Glen
29 days ago
Reply to  Rhufawn Jones

Tourism in Wales is generally run by the English for the English.
Only Welsh involvement is cheap labour they can easily dispose of at the end of the season.

John
John
29 days ago

Tri deinosor yn nofio yn yr afon,
Tri deinosor yn nofio yn yr afon,
Aeth y tri o dan y dwr… Glyg glyg glyg,
A boddodd y diawed i gyd!

Phil Nedin
Phil Nedin
29 days ago

Why doesn’t He explain why all the Tory Welsh Secretary’s during the referendum and beyond stated that “Wales would not get a penny less” after Brexit. They now admit they knew that it wasn’t an accurate representation of the facts? Never trust a Tory!

Steve Duggan
Steve Duggan
29 days ago

Question – which is the most visited country in the world? Answer – France. Question – Does France have a tourism tax? Answer – Yes. The tax is added to your hotel bill and per person, it hasn’t stopped tourists visiting the country. All the Tories think about is making a profit for themselves and their buddies, the state of the environment and working conditions can basically go to hell.

Alun
Alun
29 days ago

Presumably RT will be slamming Bournemouth’s Conservative council for considering an anti-Welsh tourist tax.

Gareth
Gareth
29 days ago
Reply to  Alun

Come now Alun, when proposed by the Tory’s, or an English council, it is referred to as a ” sound business plan” and ” sustainability “.

Last edited 29 days ago by Gareth
Quornby
Quornby
29 days ago

Eat the b**ger Dino.

Dai Rob
Dai Rob
29 days ago

Yea, no-one ever visits Barcelona, do they?!?

Syr Wynff ap Concor Y Boss
Syr Wynff ap Concor Y Boss
29 days ago
Reply to  Dai Rob

Exactly.
Bet Drakeford is gutted he can’t go to Dan Yr Ogof, it’ll totally change his mind now he is banned.

Rhufawn Jones
Rhufawn Jones
29 days ago

PLEASE SIGN AND SHARE THIS PETITION – BOYCOT DAN YR OGOF –

https://chng.it/QhytL6STzX

Syr Wynff ap Concor Y Boss
Syr Wynff ap Concor Y Boss
29 days ago

Utter bullish!t
Tourist tax won’t stop anyone. Look abroad where its implemented. Nowt changes.
Dan Yr Ogof will be fine, and what does banning Drakeford do? Like he is going to go there anyway. Nob.

Llefain
Llefain
29 days ago

Pity to have to boycott Dan Yr Ogof over their anti-Welsh policies but there you have it.

Llefain
Llefain
29 days ago

How is a tourist tax anti-English? Do these people seriously think English people are the only people who ever go on holiday?

They’re not even trying to hide their biases anymore.

R W
R W
28 days ago

You’ll get more sense out of the dinosaur than you’ll ever get from those two old fossils!! Let’s all boycott Dan yr Ogof Caves. The thought of giving any of my money to Price turns my stomach.

Marc
Marc
28 days ago

Nice photograph, 3 dinosaurs

DAI Ponty
DAI Ponty
28 days ago

He is a member of the ENGLISH NATIONALIST PARTY CALLED THE TORY PARTY THEY SHOULD BE STANDING FOR AN ELECTION IN WALES

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