When it comes to attracting visitors to Llanelli, we have a lot to shout about and be proud of.
There are so many places of interest and things to see. We need to use every opportunity to tell people what’s going on here and why they should come and see it for themselves.
This week is Welsh Tourism Week 2023, a chance to do exactly that.
Tourism is a vital part of our economy and something we should develop further to create more jobs, more income and a more sustainable future for our communities.
Llanelli is the gateway to West Wales. We have a rich cultural, sporting and industrial history and host some stunning urban and rural landscapes. A stronger tourism sector, supplemented by innovative marketing of what we have to offer, could provide the basis for further expansion.
The Millennium Coastal Path is one such feature that so many outside of our town do not know about. The 13-mile path, linking Llanelli to Pembrey Country Park, gives access to Llanelli beach, views over Gower and is a great way for visitors to get to know the area better whilst grabbing a coffee or ice cream along the way.
Llanelly House in the town centre, a restored early 18th Century Georgian townhouse, with its educational tours and popular bistro, is another landmark.
Add things like Parc Howard, independent craft shops, Parc Y Scarlets, the world famous Llanelli Wetlands Centre and so much else besides and we have the potential to make so much more of what we have.
We can all spread the word to others, by word of mouth, social media or other means. It’s amazing what we might be able to achieve with a little more self-confidence, greater co-ordination and a bit of good old- fashioned ambition.