Thursday, 18 February 2016

Edge of Wales goes to Edge of London

Never willing to forgo the opportunity to promote our business, we were delighted to be invited to join the Visit Wales stand at the Telegraph Outdoor Show last weekend. This was held at the Excel Exhibition centre in a particularly soulless part of Docklands which could only be reached by using the Docklands Light Railway. Places such as Poplar look much less endearing from the train than they do on Call the Midwife.

The Show was very popular and the whole Welsh team worked hard all day promoting the delights of Wales. Peter worked alongside Rob Holt, Harry Corin and Claire Carew of Visit Wales, Huw from Caernarfon TIC and Mike Smart from Always Aim High. There was also staff from South West Wales from promoting Dirty Weekends and Celtic Coasteering- shown here on the left.

Dominating the huge stand was a giant video screen with scenic and action sequences which were jaw dropping and demanded attention.

These goggles were a great draw. When worn they put you in a world of your own and the scenery changed as you looked around.

Increasingly the Outdoor Show is a venue for cyclists who can drool over the latest technology in bikes, but there were also a lot of families some members of which were getting into mountain biking and these proved to be fertile ground for our two properties Manaros (which sleeps 8 in 4 en-suite bedrooms) and Glandwr (directly opposite the beach, sleeps 6 and perfect for families on a budget).

The emphasis on the Visit Wales stand was on adrenalin sports, as is most of the literature for Year of Adventure. We hope that the tourist authorities are aware of just how small a market this actually is. However, the stand caught the attention of passers by and, in conversation, we were able to reassure people that you didn't actually have to scare yourself stiff everyday in Wales. There are good things to do in walking, relaxing in cafes and on beaches and visiting places of interest.

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