‘Wales ripe for development’: Former Conservative Senedd Member to chair tourism body
A former Conservative Senedd Member has been appointed the chair of a body that represents the tourism industry in Wales.
Suzy Davies takes over from Professor Andrew Campbell, who has spent more than three years as the chair of the Wales Tourism Alliance.
Davies previously served as Shadow Minister for Tourism, Culture and the Welsh Language and chaired the Assembly’s Cross Party Group on Tourism.
“Wales is ripe for further economic, environmentally savvy development and its visitor economy and tourism is core to that development,” she said,” she said.
“After a lifelong desire for the world to see how wonderful this country is, I am excited to be joining such committed, experienced people who want to be part of a proud and successful Wales.
“The industry has risen to the challenge of Covid magnificently, but the surge in domestic visitor numbers this year cannot blind us to the fragility of the sector’s infrastructure.
“Busy today is not the same as sustainable long term. We want the visitor economy to make a stable, balanced, desirable and valuable contribution to the nation’s collective wellbeing. Tourism, hospitality, skills providers and local authorities – and Welsh Government – all recognise the challenges and the opportunities.
“WTA is the collective voice of the industry in Wales. Failure to listen to it will mean failure to meet those challenges or to capitalise on those opportunities – and none of us wants that.”
Professor Andrew Campbell said the Covid-19 pandemic had been a “challenging time” for the industry and that he wanted to “pay tribute to all tourism businesses and agencies in Wales for displaying such resilience in the face of profound adversity”.
“My thanks also to all at the WTA for their support during the last three years, in particular the efforts of policy advocate, Adrian Greason-Walker for his valuable advice and counsel at all times.”
WTA board member, Barbara Griffiths, said: “Professor Campbell has gone above and beyond normal expectations over the last 18 months supporting the whole of the tourism industry in Wales, for which we are extremely grateful.
“We now look forward with great pleasure to working with Suzy Davies who has experience in the Senedd and whose family runs a tourism business.”