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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Tour hailed as huge success

Councils across North Wales have hailed the North Wales stage of the Tour of Britain a huge success.

The fourth stage on Wednesday, 18 September  started at Stoke on Trent, before entering Wrexham, Flintshire, Denbighshire, Conwy and Gwynedd, finishing in Llanberis.

The event was supported by all six North Wales authorities, as well as the Welsh Government.

Now council officials say the Tour's success shows North Wales is geared up for major events and is ready to do business.

Councillor Hugh Evans OBE, Chair of the North Wales Economic Ambition Board,  said: “This has been a great opportunity to showcase North Wales as a destination for cyclists, but has also been a tremendous boost to the local economy.

“North Wales has had a lot of positive and widespread coverage as a result of this race coming into our region and it has been a great platform to show the cycling industry and tourists that North Wales is capable of handling such a major prestigious event.

"We now need to capitalise on this success and make sure that we work together as a region  and look at what other events can be hosted in our region. We have the capacity and skills to look bigger, think bigger. Today should act as a catalyst for promoting North Wales as a great place for tourists and for the local economy,

“We were also delighted with the tremendous support shown by communities across the whole of North Wales. Thousands of people came out to show their support – that is typical of the warm Welsh welcome we have come to expect from our communities.

“We can now look forward to next year’s vent with confidence that North Wales really is ready to do business.”

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