Join us for our upcoming National Discussion event as we take a look at the challenges and opportunities that face the Welsh tourism industry.

Is the nation ready for an expected influx of 'staycation' visitors this summer?

And what will happen to tourism in Wales when the rest of the world finally start to reopen their doors? 

We'll be joined by a panel of experts to discuss the strategies that need to be put in place so the industry in Wales can thrive in the long term.

Hosting the event will be Theo Lewis-Davies, The National's chief political commentator; and Jess Davies, who has travelled and vlogged extensively about her many adventures in Wales and further afield.

Joining them will be representatives from Bluestone Resort in Pembrokeshire, one of Wales largest tourism businesses; Under The Thatch, which manages many unique holiday lets in Wales; Crwst, a go to food destination in Cardigan/Aberteifi; and Llio Angharad, the renowned Welsh food and travel writer.

The National Discussion takes place at 7pm on Wednesday, July 28. To attend this free event, register at

“Tourism is an important part of the economy here so it’s right that we make it one of the first discussion events," said The National's editor, Gavin Thompson. "Businesses have been on a rollercoaster over the past 18 months, from enforcement closures and complex rules and regulations to surges in demand due driven by international travel restrictions. As we come to the end of many rules, the onus on safety falls even more on to the business themselves.

“There’s so much to talk about and the discussion will bring some insight from industry on the present situation and the opportunities and challenges ahead for the sector and the communities around them. It should be a lively evening.”

Is Wales is equipped to handle the post pandemic boom that is expected to be heading its way? How can Wales sustain itself as a staycation destination? And what government support is needed to ensure the tourism industry in Wales thrives and grows?

We'll be putting those issues to the panel along with a host of other questions to give you the inside knowledge of Welsh tourism, such as the panellists' favourite Welsh holiday destinations, their favourite places to eat and drink in Wales, and their one holiday essential.

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