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Bumper year for tourism forecast.

TOURISM operators in North Wales are predicting a bright summer in the holiday business.

More than eight in 10 businesses say they are confident or very confident about the coming season.

The buoyant mood follows an Easter break when most attractions, guest houses and caravan parks reported as good or better returns than last year.

And three in four Welsh tourism businesses said that they did as well or better in 2004 than in 2003 - a bumper year for Wales.

The finding came in a survey of 220 holiday enterprises by the Wales Tourist Board, more than half in North and mid Wales.

Board chief executive Jonathan Jones said: 'This survey shows that the vast majority of tourism businesses in Wales are far from complacent and have worked hard to ensure that they are holding their own if not improving on past performance.

'They have enjoyed a satisfactory Easter Bank Holiday and seem to have every reason to be confident for the forthcoming season.

' The post Easter weekend survey of tourism operators showed that 82% are confident or very confident of prospects for the forthcoming season.

When asked to compare the Easter Bank Holiday weekend with last year, 66% said that visitor numbers were at the same level or higher, 64% said that overall turnover was the same or higher, and 67% stated that advance bookings for the summer are the same level as last year or higher
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Apr 7, 2005
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