I was delighted to be invited to attend the Annual General Meeting of the Bridgend Tourism Association held at Trecco Bay, Porthcawl, on 17 March in my capacity as Tourist Ambassador.
It was an upbeat and friendly meeting that brought together representatives of a wide range of business interests from across Bridgend County.
Underscoring the proceedings was an acute awareness of the importance of tourism to our region: it generates 4,300 jobs and injects £300 million into the local economy.
Delegates were treated to three presentations on activities which help stimulate tourism…
Jeff Sanders of Porthcawl branch of the University of the Third Age talked about how this terrific organisation, which is so well represented locally, offers 36 different activities from walking and photography through to local archaeology.
Dave Bassett gave an impassioned presentation on how the splendid vintage excursion ship mv Balmoral has regular sailings to and from Porthcawl throughout the summer and does so much to generate interest and business for our coastal communities.
Hugh Murray proudly talked about how the Porthcawl Surf School is Wales’ pre-eminent centre of surfing expertise. Based in Rest Bay, it can supply a great choice of surf gear from wetsuits to surfboards with kayaks, stand up paddle boards and bodyboards.
And the March weather was so glorious there was even a round of crazy golf laid on for the delegates to enjoy!