Some people travel an incredibly long way to enjoy the picturesque Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal. For long-haul travellers, a week in Wales on one of our narrowboats is often part of a longer holiday exploring the UK or Europe.
Recent results from the Great British Tourism Survey and the International Passenger Survey show that the number of foreign visitors staying at least one night in Wales increased by 7% in 2014 to 933,000, and they spent £368m, up 4.5% on the previous year. Deputy Culture Minister Ken Skates recently commented that Visit Wales, the body responsible for promoting tourism, had achieved considerable success in attracting visitors from three key markets - Germany, Ireland and the USA.
This week alone we’ve had the pleasure of spending time with
customers from nine countries. Can you recognise the flags?
We said ‘see you next year’ to our most regular customer, Veikko from Finland. He’s just spent two weeks on Osprey hunting down geocaches along the canal. He visited back in March, cruising in our newest narrowboat Hawk, and has already booked again for March 2016 when he'll be staying on Merlin, the boat we’re currently building.
More Scandinavian visitors arrived from Norway....
Australia has been well represented recently. No sooner had we said goodbye to one lovely couple, than we welcomed a friendly family from down under.
Other families holidaying on our narrowboats were from the USA, South Africa and Germany.
And the group from the Netherlands included a family member from Ireland.
So UK visitors did not get a look in this week but all our overseas visitors were delighted with the time they spent in the Brecon Beacons and said the long journey was worth it!