The Penarth Tourism & Visitor Association (PTVA) – the local tourism-promotion body which operates independently of Penarth Town Council and of the Vale of Glamorgan Council – has announced its backing for the UK Government’s consultation on a “new deal” for the tourist industry.
The proposed new deal is – amongst other things – intended to improve productivity, tourism infrastructure and the recruitment of young people into the industry.
Former Penarth town-councillor Anthony Ernest – has been elected to succeed the retiring chairman – Gary Soltys – who will remain a member of the association’s management committee . The new PTVA vice-chairman is Jo Jones – a former senior tourism executive in the Welsh Office.
Mr Ernest says “Here in Wales we have excellent tourism products appealing to a widely differing market, and we need to ensure that local tourism businesses are able to build on their own successes with the backing of national government and local authorities.”
He points out that there are “terrific opportunities for young people seeking an interesting and satisfying career in this field, and many local businesses are looking for enthusiastic trainees who can offer commitment and potential management skills”
PTVA has a wide network membership of businesses in the Penarth, Sully and Dinas Powys areas, and acts as a focus for tourism activities and events in the area, working with representatives from the local business communities, especially restaurant, accomodation, sports and retail outlets, as well as attractions and council-led activities.
The PTVA is currently developing a new map of Central Penarth following on from the popular Town Map published by the PTVA and sponsored by a well-known Penarth restaurateur.
The PTVA’s next ordinary meeting is to be held in October. All local businesses and organisations with interests in tourism will be welcome to attend. The PTVA is contactable by email on PTVA.Penarth@gmail.com .