Visitors will stay away if there’s a tourist tax, says Welsh Tory leader as he meets the man who banned Mark Drakeford.

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Andrew RT Davies and Ashford Price in the caves of Dan yr Ogof

Visitors will stay away from Wales if a tourist tax is put in place, Welsh Conservative leader Andrew RT Davies said when he met a man who banned Mark Drakeford from his attraction.

Welsh government ministers have been banned from visiting the Dan yr Ogof caves due to their “anti-tourism, anti-English” attitude, according to the owner.

Ashford Price, who is also secretary of the Welsh Visitor Attractions Association, said the tourism tax could “harm” the tourism industry in Wales, as tourists would visit other parts of the UK without paying a tax.

Andrew RT Davies, who met Ashford Price when he visited the site today, said he agreed.

“When you look at the impact that Labor and Plaid tourism policies will have on our tourism industry, even in a place as well known and loved as Showcaves, there is real cause for concern,” he said.

“Many businesses will choose to invest elsewhere, many visitors will choose to visit elsewhere, and it is Welsh businesses and communities that stand to lose the most when that money and those jobs go elsewhere.

“The Welsh Conservatives have been unequivocal: there is no tourist tax. We must appreciate and nurture these businesses, not set them up for failure.”

A sign now displayed at Dan Yr Ogof’s ticket office reads: “Due to the Welsh Government’s anti-tourism and anti-English policies being imposed on the Welsh tourism industry, members of the Welsh Government no longer are welcome at this attraction. Their policies will lead to tourism businesses being forced to close and thousands of tourism jobs being lost.”


Ashford Price said last month that he had not seen similar policies under previous Welsh Labor governments.

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“I have had the pleasure of meeting two First Ministers of Wales in the caves,” he said. wales online. “The late Rhodri Morgan and Carwyn Jones on more than one occasion and were always genuinely interested in tourism.

“However, the current Welsh government with its anti-tourism policies, namely the 182-day rule, the proposed tourist tax and the planned changes to the main summer holidays, clearly show that they either don’t understand or don’t care. that their actions will decimate the seasonal holidays. tourism businesses in Wales.

“Thirty per cent of self-service businesses are forecast to close, with the resulting loss of 1,400 Welsh jobs. Is it any wonder that some Welsh tour operators are now holding back on any future investment in Wales? With the resulting job losses, soon the only area of ​​growth in Welsh tourism will be the growth of redundant tour operators claiming ‘profits’.

“The Welsh government has used ‘thug’ tactics to stamp out these new laws, ignoring opposition to tourism and leading experts advising against these new proposals. For the Welsh government to take these steps, especially during a cost of living crisis and recession starting this fall that the Bank of England says will last more than a year and with inflation rising to 13% next year it is completely economical. Craziness!

“Eighty per cent of all visitors to Wales are English and many of these new policies will be seen as anti-English by the English media. Wales will pay a heavy price if our main tourist market refuses to pay the proposed tourist tax and votes with its feet and goes elsewhere. In a recession, people will look for ‘bargain vacations’, not vacation regions where you pay a tax to visit them”.

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