Business minister Paul Scully has met with some of Anglesey’s tourist and hospitality industry in a Zoom roundtable organised by Ynys Môn MP Virginia Crosbie.
The discussion covered a range of issues including funding and support for Welsh tourist businesses, training and staff retention and post-covid recovery.
The significance of a potential Freeport on Anglesey was mentioned and the minister joked that ‘Virginia has Freeport as her middle name’.
The minister also discussed his positive relationship with Welsh Government, which he hoped would continue. However, he voiced his disappointment there is now no tourism minister in the administration, despite the sector being vital for Wales.
Those who attended the meeting included: Faye Trevelyan from Anglesey Outdoors, Tudor Roberts from the Maritime Museum, Beach Hut café owner Howard Browes, Victoria Roberts from Wonderfully Wild, Dylan Jones-Evans from Bangor University, Phil Scott from Rib Ride and Paul Snape from Valley Hotel.
“Many thanks for everyone who attended to hear from Paul Scully – it is really important that local people here on Anglesey get to meet UK government ministers at every opportunity.
“After a really difficult period there is real cause for optimism in our tourism and hospitality sector with booming staycation demand this summer.
“However, challenges remain including staffing and further support to really get the industry on the island moving in the right direction. The UK Government has given generous support to the island over the last 16 months and some of that will continue.”
Paul Scully added: “This was a really worthwhile meeting and, as a result of listening to businesses like those on Anglesey, I will be launching a hospitality sector recovery strategy – entitled Reopening, Recovery, Resilience to help companies just like those I spoke to on the island.”