Published Tuesday 04 March 2014
Families visiting Barry Island last week saw a few familiar faces as politicians stepped into the shoes of the resort’s traders to mark Wales Tourism Week.
Claire Evans, Tourism and Marketing Manager said: “Wales Tourism Week is a celebration of the tourism industry and this year we decided to use the opportunity to reach out and help raise the industry's profile amongst our politicians by giving them the challenge of shadowing traders based at Barry Island.”
Taking part were Assembly Member Jane Hutt and Cabinet Members Cllr Lis Burnett, Cllr Chris Elmore, Cllr Bronwen Brookes and Cllr Rob Curtis. Between them they served ice-creams, assisted visitors on amusements, littered picked and generally found out more about daily life at one of Wales’ top tourism resorts.
Cllr Lis Burnett, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Innovation, Planning and Transportation said: “We thoroughly enjoyed getting involved and experiencing at first hand the work that goes on behind the scenes. The recent storms that battered our coastline made for a difficult start to the year, but Tourism Week provides an excellent opportunity to emphasise that we are fully open for business and looking forward to welcoming visitors throughout the year.”
Equally enthusiastic traders taking part included Craig O’Shea, Marco Zeraschi, Alfie Scarrott and Pat Collins. Pat Collins whose family has been operating on the resort for four generations summed up the day and said: “We were delighted to support this event; it gave us the opportunity to have a one to one with key decision makers whilst on our patch!
It also gave them opportunity to see at first hand that Barry Island is a year round resort and as popular with visitors as ever.”