<![CDATA[Wales & Swansea - News]]>Thu, 23 Nov 2017 03:07:16 +0000Weebly<![CDATA[Swansea Bay Tourism Awards 2014]]>Sun, 23 Aug 2015 20:14:54 GMThttp://swansea.eventpicture.co.uk/1/post/2015/08/swansea-bay-tourism-awards-2014.htmlList of Winners, Highly Commended and Finalists of the 2014 Swansea Bay Tourism Awards

Best Large Hotel – Sponsored by Enterprise Insurance 

Finalists - Large Independent Hotel

Best Western Aberavon Beach Hotel
The Grand Hotel - Swansea
Morgans Hotel - Swansea
Towers Hotel & Spa – Jersey Marine

Highly Commended

Best Western Aberavon Beach  
The Grand Hotel 
Towers Hotel & Spa 
 
And the winner is... 

Morgans Hotel 

Finalists - Large Chain Hotel 

Ibis Hotel - Swansea
Premier Inn - Swansea City Centre
Marriott Hotel - Swansea

Highly Commended

Ibis Hotel 
Marriott Hotel 

And the winner is...

Premier Inn – Swansea City Centre ...
Best Small Hotel or Restaurant with Rooms (Accommodation section) - Sponsored by Deano Martini

Finalists

Afan Lodge – Afan Forest Park
Castle Hotel - Neath
Fairyhill - Gower
The Gower Hotel - Bishopston
Oxwich Bay Hotel - Gower
The Kings Head Inn - Gower

Highly Commended

Fairyhill Restaurant with Rooms 
The Gower Hotel 
Oxwich Bay Hotel 
 
And the winner is... 

Afan Lodge 

Best Guest House or B & B – Sponsored by Sherwood Florist 

Finalists

Brynawel farm B&B – Pontlliw
Fairways B&B - Mayals
Hafod Grange B&B – Port Talbot
Island House - Loughor
The Barn B&B - Margam
The Poets Corner - Swansea

Highly Commended

Brynawel Farm B&B 
Fairways B&B 
The Barn B&B 
 
And the winner is...

Hafod Grange B&B

Finalists for... 

Best Self Catering Accommodation – Sponsored by What’s On

Finalists

Cwmshom Cottages - Pontardawe
Dylan Thomas Birthplace - Uplands
Glyn Cynwal Isaf Cottage - Cwmtwrch
Promenade View - Mumbles
Slade Barn Gower - Gower
The Penthouse - Gower

Highly Commended

Glyn Cynwal Isaf Cottage 
Promenade View
Slade Barn Gower 
 
And the winner is...

Cwmshon Cottages 

Best Self Catering or Camping Agency – Sponsored by What’s On 

Finalists

A Space in the City - Swansea
Home from Home - Gower
Gower Getaways - Swansea
Pitch my Tent - Gower

Highly Commended

A Space in the City 
Gower Getaways 
Pitch my Tent 
 
And the winner is...

Home from Home 

Best Caravan & Campsite – Sponsored by Butterfield Morgan Ltd 

Finalists

Glyncorrwg Ponds – Port Talbot
Greenways of Gower Premier Leisure Park
Nicholaston Farm - Gower
Pitton Cross Camping & Caravan Park - Gower
Three Cliffs Bay Holiday Park - Gower

Highly Commended

Nicholaston Farm 
Three Cliffs Bay Holiday Park 
 
And the winner is...

Greenways of Gower 

Best Bunkhouse or Alternative Accommodation - Sponsored by Butterfield Morgan Ltd 

Finalists

National Trust - Cwm Ivy Lodge Bunkhouse - Gower
Oldwalls Glamping - Gower
Pitch my Tent - Gower
Scamperholidays Ltd - Gower
St Madoc Centre - Gower

Highly Commended

Oldwalls Glamping 
Pitch My Tent 
 
And the winner is... 

Scamperholidays Ltd 

Finalists for... 

Taste of Swansea Bay... Is split into...

Finalists - Best Restaurant

Bouchon De Rossi - Swansea
Britannia Inn - Gower
Fairyhill - Gower
Hanson at Chelsea - Swansea
Pen-y-Cae Inn – Pen-y-Cae 

Highly Commended

Bouchon De Rossi 
Britannia Inn 
 
And the winner is... 

Fairyhill Restaurant with Room 

Finalists - Best Bistro 

Cafe Twocann – Swansea 
Mosaic – Swansea 
Munch of Mumbles – Mumbles 
Sa3 Bistro – Mumbles 
The Bay Bistro & Coffee House – Gower 
The Gower Kitchen - Swansea

Highly Commended

Cafe TwoCann 
The Gower Kitchen 
 
And the winner is... 

Munch of Mumbles

Best Pub Grub

Finalists

Afan Tavern – Port Talbot
King Arthur Hotel - Gower
New Swan Hotel – Ystalyfera
The Greyhound - Gower
The Kings Head Inn - Gower
The Poets Corner - Swansea

Highly Commended

New Swan Hotel 
The Greyhound 
The Kings Head 
 
And the winner is... 

King Arthur Hotel

Best Café

Finalists

360 Beach & Watersports - Swansea
Cariad Café – Gower
Forty Six - Neath
Garbos Café - Swansea
The Uplands Diner - Swansea
Three Cliffs Coffee Shop - Gower

Highly Commended

Forty Six 
Garbos Cafe
Cariad Cafe  
 
And the winner is...

Three Cliffs Coffee Shop 

Best Pub or Bar – Sponsored by National Hospitality Academy

Finalists

Afan Tavern – Port Talbot
King Arthur Hotel - Gower
New Swan Hotel - Ystalyfera
The Greyhound - Gower
The Kings Head Inn - Gower
The Pilot Inn - Mumbles

Highly Commended

Afan Tavern 
The Greyhound 
The Pilot Inn 
 
And the winner is...

New Swan Hotel 

Best Activity or Attraction – Sponsored by Pear Communications

Finalists – Best Activity Providers

Cognation Mountain Bike Trails – Neath Port Talbot
Go Ape - Margam
Gower Coast Adventures
Langland Bay Golf Club
RipnRock - Gower
Swansea and Oxwich Watersports

Highly Commended

Gower Coast Adventures
Swansea and Oxwich Watersports
 
And the winners are... 

Cognation Mountain Bike Trails
Langland Bay Golf Club

Finalists – Best Attraction

National Trust - Aberdulais Tinworks and Waterfall
National Trust Gower – Management of the Rhossili, Visitor Centre & Shop - Gower
Oystermouth Castle – Mumbles 
South Wales Miners Museum – Afan Forest Park
Swansea Grand Theatre
The LC - Swansea

Highly Commended

Swansea Grand Theatre
The LC 

And the winner is... 

National Trust - Aberdulais Tinworks and Waterfall

Best Festival & Events - Sponsored by Harcourt Colour Print

Finalists

City and County of Swansea-Special Events for ... 
   -BBC Proms in the Park
   -Admiral Swansea Bay 10k 
   -Wales National Airshow 
   -Waterfront Winterland
Gower Festival
Mumbles Traders Association for ... 
   -Mumbles Marvellous Weekend
   -Mumbles Oyster & Seafood Festival
Neath Food and Drink Festival
Swansea Bay Beer & Cider Festival
Swansea Half Marathon

Highly Commended

Swansea Half Marathon
Gower Festival
Mumbles Traders Association for... 
   -Mumbles Marvellous Weekend
   -Mumbles Oyster & Seafood Festival
 
And the winner is...

City and County of Swansea-Special Events for ... 
   -Admiral Swansea Bay 10k & Events Programme

Best Wedding Experience – Sponsored by Buffoon Film & Media 

Finalists

Fairyhill - Gower
King Arthur Hotel - Gower
Ocean View Windmill Gower
Oldwalls Gower
Oxwich Bay Hotel - Gower
The Towers Hotel & Spa - Swansea

Highly Commended

King Arthur Hotel 
Oldwalls Gower
The Towers Hotel & Spa 
 
And the winner is... 

Oxwich Bay Hotel 

On the Map - Sponsored by Swansea Sound & The Wave

Finalists

The Tourism Team, City & County of Swansea for... www.visitswanseabay.com & Dylan Thomas 2014
Gower Brewery
Gower Festival
IPC European Championships - Swansea
National Trust Gower (Rhossili, Visitor centre & Cwm Ivy Lodge)
Swansea City Football Club
Swansea Half Marathon

Highly Commended

Gower Brewery
The Tourism Team, City & County of Swansea for... www.visitswanseabay.com & Dylan Thomas 2014
 
And the winner is... 

IPC European Championships – Swansea 

Best Visitor Experience - Sponsored by City & County of Swansea

Finalists

Cwmshom Cottages - Pontardawe
Dylan Thomas Birthplace – Uplands
Gower Coast Adventures 
Rip N Rock – Gower 
Scamperholidays Ltd – Gower
The LC – Swansea 

Highly Commended

Cwmshon Cottages 
Dylan Thomas Birthplace 
Rip n Rock 
 
And the winner is... 

Scamperhoildays Ltd 

Best New Or Renewed Business - Sponsored by Morgans Hotel, Swansea

Finalists

Garbos Café - Swansea
Gower Brewery
Munch of Mumbles
Pitch my Tent - Gower
Promenade View - Mumbles
Rip n Rock - Gower
Swansea Half Marathon

Highly Commended

Swansea Half Marathon
Pitch my Tent 
Rip n Rock 
 
And the winner is... 

Gower Brewery 

Best Young Ambassador – Supported by Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay

And the winner is... 

Scott Wilson 

Outstanding Services to Tourism Award - Sponsored by the South Wales Evening Post 
 
And the winner is... Individual 

Geoff Haden 

And the winner is... Team – Business or Organisation 

Mumbles Forum - Mumbles Traders, Mumbles TIC & Mumbles Development Trust working together.

For the Best Young Ambassador & Outstanding Services categories there are no finalists just single winners for each category. 

Source: See Here
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<![CDATA[Swansea Flops - Rossi`s Fish & Chips]]>Mon, 20 Jul 2015 17:02:23 GMThttp://swansea.eventpicture.co.uk/1/post/2015/07/swansea-flops-rossis-fish-chips.htmlGreat Flops of Swansea - After yesterdays great weather in Swansea, and a great walk out, for new Swansea pictures and experiences, our travel writer went at 7 pm strait to Rossis Fish & Chips, opposite Swansea`s Liberty Stadium. Thinking of some nice place to sit down, after a 6 hour walk, having fish & chips. Maybe some ice cream. Sounds like a good idea...

Well, that`s an logical thing after a long walk. He could have gone to some 2 or 3 "Take Away" places, on his way back from the top of the "Kilvey Community  Woodland", Swansea`s highest point, with fantastic views of Swansea bay. But no, he thought of "Rossi`s Fish & Chips".

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After refreshing himself a bit, he went on to order. The so called restaurant was pretty empty. (picture shoot shortly before). Paying with plastic could not be that problem, he assumed. But there we are, the first lesson learned was, that there is a 50 pence charge. Even, that the order was nearly £8 Pounds. Joe`s Ice cream alone was £1.60 (which is compared with "Joes Ice Cream Parlour" even £30 pence more). Never mind, it`s OK, as soon he would enjoy this ice cream and "Fish & Chips" + one Fish Cake, relaxing on one of the many empty tables, within the restaurant. Asking for some more crisp chips as well. After paying by card, he ask the staff, if he had to come for the food, or they bring all to the table...this was

His Idea... & not welcome by Rossis Fish & Chips

Dinner outside... "Rossi`s Fish & Chips". How great is that!

The staff told him, that he can`t sit inside, as this would cost extra money... 
This was an real weak up message. After paying nearly £8 pounds, being told, that he has to pay extra, for sitting inside. Wow - Who are they, to ask, not only for extra money, paying by card, but even more - asking for extra money, when you like to sit on one of their chairs.

Back to "Joes Ice Cream Parlour"; Buy even just one cone (about £1.30), and enjoy inside at a table, at no extra cost. 

Dinner outside... "Rossi`s Fish & Chips". After having the fish, which was by the way quiet good, the chips. the chips where soft. Not well cooked, and crispy chips is just a dream. Tasteless. The fish cake, just absolutely disgusting. (Even that there are people eating that stuff). 
It is not known, what they work int o their fish cake, but any cheap "Iceland" fish cake is better!

It was a waste of time, waste of money. Chips and fish cake landed in the bin, just outside the door. An experience richer, the other way round.

At the time he was leaving, a car with French number-plate came, to park. 
As kind, as he is, he advised the visitors, that they have to ask, if they intend to eat inside "Rossi`s Fish & Chips". The face or the Frenchman, according to him, thankful and perplex. (That`s nearly like Paris... But there you have to pay in some cafe`s rather extra, when sitting outside, on a table with service. That`s Paris...).

Having a car, when passing by "Rossi`s Fish & Chips", might be in anyway a good idea, not just having your own "Eating In" place, but also in case, you think of something better, and more friendly than "Rossi`s Fish & Chips"

Beside that - There is no signboard or whatsoever outside or within "Rossi`s Fish & Chips" Swansea, that you got to pay extra, for eating in. 
What a great "End of the Day..." What a shame...

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<![CDATA[Swansea Tourism Boom]]>Mon, 06 Jul 2015 20:06:30 GMThttp://swansea.eventpicture.co.uk/1/post/2015/07/swansea-tourism-boom.htmlSwansea Tourism boom - With Swansea in the Premier League football or the world renowned beaches like Rhossili Bay in Gower, Swansea is becoming more poplar than ever.

Statistics show Swansea Bay’s multi-million pound tourism industry was worth more than ever to the local economy over the past few years.

Figures released by STEAM - Visitors to Swansea Bay spent over £360m in 2013 – that’s 4% more than in 2012.
STEAM is an economic model that measures the local economic impact of tourism from both day and staying visitors.

2012 tatistics also show over 4.3 million visitors came to Swansea Bay last year – about 200,000 more than the year before.

Dylan Thomas fans from all over the world flooded into Wales, for 

the DT100 festival, the year long celebration of the centenary of the writer’s birth in Uplands, Swansea.
Nick Bradley, Swansea council’s cabinet member for regeneration, said: “Tourism is vitally important to Swansea Bay’s economic wellbeing but we’re determined not to rest on our laurels even though these figures make for hugely encouraging reading.

“This is why a new Destination Management Plan is now in place that brings together the public, private and third sectors to help manage, develop and promote Swansea Bay as a world class visitor destination.

“It means we’re working more closely alongside our hotels, bed and breakfasts, activity providers and other tourism businesses than ever before to highlight areas for improvement and monitor progress.

“The latest figures show our combined efforts are starting to bear fruit as we concentrate not just on marketing our award-winning beaches, Premier League football and major cultural festivals like DT100 but also on important initiatives which impact so much on a positive visitor experience like improved signage and more wi-fi hotspots.”

Mr Bradley said other recent improvements include the re-design of the official Visit Swansea Bay destination website and the allocation of more than £80,000 to tourism businesses in rural Swansea via the Rural Accommodation Grant Scheme.

Swansea’s Rural Development Plan has been investing in a number of tourism-related schemes to encourage people to visit and stay in the more rural parts of Swansea.

Rhossili beat competition from Dorset, Cornwall and Scotland to secure the UK top spot, and Spain, Greece, Italy and Turkey to keep its third-place in Europe for the second year running with the Gower beach improving its position in the world’s top 10 beaches which features Australia, Seychelles and Turks &amp; Caicos – climbing from tenth to ninth.

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