* Jim Jones, the chief executive of North Wales Tourism.
A tourism leader in North Wales says it’s a “great shame” that attractions and most of the hospitality industry won’t be open for Easter.
Jim Jones, the chief executive of
North Wales Tourism, said that their was a real sense of frustration in
businesses that had been battered as a result of the pandemic.
He accused the Welsh Government of
failing to listen to the sector’s pleas for a proper roadmap to navigate the
return to something near normality.
First Minister Mark Drakeford has
revealed the “s
Wales will be the first UK nation to scrap travel restrictions within country
boundaries since lockdowns were re-imposed in winter.
tourist accommodation - including many hotels and cottages - will also be able
to open then.
non-essential travel to and from other UK nations will be banned for at least
Mr Jones said: “It’s excellent news
that slowly we are on the right track as we slowly start to open up the sector
across Wales but it's a great shame that many of our attractions and
hospitality won't be open for Easter.
“There is still a real and palpable
sense of frustration in the sector, as it feels that the Welsh Government
haven't been listening to the mood on the ground. If they had, then we would
have a plan to take us forward post April.
“It is very difficult to understand
why they won't map this out, especially as the other three home nations have now
“Maybe it's a matter of pride on
the First Minister’s behalf that he wants to stick to his agenda of not budging
on his opinion, even though the evidence and feedback tell him
otherwise. I really don't know.
“But he needs to realise that when running
a business, people need time to plan. They now have very little resource, which
makes things a lot harder.
“We at North Wales Tourism, on
behalf of the sector, have consistently offered advice and guidance to Welsh
Government throughout this whole pandemic. But it appears to be of no
“However, we know dates will
eventually be forthcoming, based on the success of the vaccine roll out and
reduction in cases.
“In the meantime, more targeted financial support is still needed for the sector to help with recovery. Be under no illusion, this is still going to be a very tough and bumpy ride for many businesses going forward.”