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More investment needed to promote tourism in Fishguard

2015 Gorffenaf 1 1:41 PM

William Powell, Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for Mid & West Wales, has called on the First Minister to do more to promote investment in the area of Fishguard and Goodwick. William made the case that the area of west Wales has huge potential, both in terms of attracting cruise ships and boosting the tourist trade to the area, and also through the proposed marina development at Fishguard.

Speaking in the Assembly this week, William Powell:

"The potential for promoting tourism by attracting cruise ships to West Wales is considerable. Ensuring a warm welcome and high-quality facilities is however critical to developing the visitor experience. In that context, Fishguard and Goodwick Chamber of Trade and Tourism recently emphasised the importance of infrastructure, such as shuttle buses and associated hospitality, to growing the sector.

"Recognising the importance of supporting communities that are doing their best to encourage economic growth and prosperity in the area, I would urge the Welsh Labour Government to consider what more they can do to further promote investment in the area, and to create a positive climate for the development of the long-awaited Fishguard marina."

Mayor of Fishguard, Cllr Richard Grosvenor also commented:

"The community response to the new cruise ship business has been truly remarkable. The people of Fishguard and Goodwick have done their bit, and if the Welsh Government wish to see that business grow, then they must invest in the infrastructure at Fishguard. Otherwise another opportunity to regenerate the area will have been missed."