The Regional Tourism Partnerships are organisations which aim to join all sectors of the tourism industry together at a regional level. They work in partnership with Visit Wales, the local authorities, tourism sector businesses and other local organisations to develop and implement regional tourism strategies. They are not membership organisations, but are governed by a board which comprises of a public/private partnership.
The Regional Tourism Partnerships work with their partners to provide marketing for the region and support for tourism businesses, often via the Tourism Associations, which includes training and investment in the tourism offer.
There are four Regional Tourism Partnerships in Wales. They each have a small team of staff who have responsibility for coordinating activity with the Trade, Local Authorities and other relevant organisations.
As overarching regional bodies, Regional Tourism Partnerships have a key role to play in the development of your destination. They will seek to make sure individual destination developments are in line with the Regional Tourism Strategy (see the Russian Dolls section!) and with Visit Wales tourism development priorities, as these in turn are developed as a result of analysis of visitor trends. Your Regional Tourism Partnership can help bring together the most appropriate partners and make sure that you are including everyone who has a stake in tourism in your region.
The Regional Tourism Partnerships may also be able to assist you in relation to developing your skills needs, via regional skills development programmes or via advice and guidance. For information on what assistance is available in your area see:
The Regional Tourism Partnerships also work jointly to provide a national information resource for the tourism industry in Wales. It contains a wealth of relevant information whether you are starting up, wish to know more about providing for your customers, how to attract new business and all the financial, and legal requirements to run a business.