Plans to build a new school of tourism.
If it goes ahead, the project by the Vale of Glamorgan Council and the University of Wales Institute Cardiff (Uwic) would turn Barry into a ``university town'' by attracting thousands of students to the new tourism school at the resort.
Diana James, director of the Tourism Training Forum for Wales (TTFW), said: ``Barry has a long history of attracting and serving visitors, and seems an ideal location for this new development.
``Uwic would play a vital role in the regeneration of the town, while benefiting from a unique location at the heart of a holiday resort, where students will be able to gain real experience of the tourism industry.''
She added: ``This is an exciting and innovative proposal that would provide tailor-made, modern facilities for studying hospitality, tourism and leisure.'' The TTFW was founded in 1998 to ``promote and guide education and training within the Welsh tourism industry''.
It is supported by the Wales Tourist Board and the European Union Objective One and Objective Three programmes. The Barry Island project would involve demolishing the remaining buildings at the 11-acre site to make way for the new complex, which could also include a hotel, restaurant and conference facilities.
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|Publication:||South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)|
|Date:||Aug 9, 2002|
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