Minister Tours Leading Visitor Attractions in Mid Wales as Tourist Trade Gears Up for Celebrations; 'TOURISM IS VITAL TO WELSH ECONOMIC PROSPERITY'

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Minister Tours Leading Visitor Attractions in Mid Wales as Tourist Trade Gears Up for Celebrations; 'TOURISM IS VITAL TO WELSH ECONOMIC PROSPERITY'


Byline: SALLY WILLIAMS

WALES Office Minister David Jones paid a visit to Mid Wales last week to see how a redeveloped Victorian farm enterprise is preparing for the Diamond Jubilee, Olympic and Paralympic celebrations.

The minister called at Charlies, an pounds 8m development at the Coed-y-Dinas site near Powis Castle in Welshpool.

The unique development of Coed-y-Dinas has involved the sensitive conversion of an old Victorian farm site, which once belonged to the Earls of Powis, into a thriving retail centre and visitor attraction.

The business is looking to expand its reach as a tourist destination featuring a farm visitor attraction with a farm shop, deli and indoor/outdoor play area, with the emphasis on education.

The minister was met by owner Chris Lloyd and finance director Nick Dann, who highlighted the plans for future expansion of the site and introduced the minister to Charlies staff.

Mr Jones said: "Wales is rich with tourist beauty spots and this summer businesses are able to showcase what Wales has to offer on an international platform. "With the run-up to the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games, we can look forward to a renewed interest in Wales' attractions .

Charlies stores, Powis Castle and Powysland Museum are all expanding and developing their output for tourists and, with the support of regional tourism partnerships, they are committed to putting the region on the map."

Mr Lloyd said: "We are proud to have been selected as representative of the best of what Wales has to offer.

"At Charlies, we care about the future, not just the past.

"From our roots as retailer to a small agricultural community, Charlies has grown to become the predominant non-food retailer in Mid Wales.

"Our ambitions don't stop there.

"In a tough retail climate, against global competitors, we need to build on our heritage of traditional values and serving the community wherever they may be. …

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