UP TO 1,000 jobs could be created by revamping Anglesey’s tourism industry, a report says.
The Destination Managment Plan (DMP), drawn up by tourism bosses, says that by improving the island’s facilities, local economy would be boosted by £22 million.
Anglesey Council is now looking to implement the plan, which will see the island cash in on vistors to the island’s coastal towns.
Attracting outdoor sports enthusiasts, supporters of the region's food produce, and improving facilities such as accommodation and travel are also key points of the plan.
The move to improve the island’s infastructure comes after one consultee in the report described Anglesey as a “five star island with three star facilities.”
Cllr Alun Mummrey said: “The problem is that there’s nothing to do when the weather goes bad. We have privately-owned attractions, so it might be best to seek advice from the business owners.
“Beaumaris is a good example of a town that has made the most from its tourist facilities. There are a number of places on Anglesey that have to promote themselves better. I’m not sure how much more the council can do to promote places and attractions with their financial restrictions.”
The plan could attract 140,000 extra annual visitors to the island, creating between 200-400 jobs to add to the 600 jobs created by the proposed holiday village development on Holy Island.
With the report recommending “physical improvements” being made to Holyhead, the town could see some heavy investment over the coming years.
Anglesey councillor for Holyhead Town, Cliff Everett said: “I think it’s important for the island that Holyhead sees investment. It’s the port town and the first place that people who come in from Ireland see.”
“We are an island, and we should say more often that it’s the Isle of Anglesey. The Isle of Man and Isle of Wight are known in that way, and we should too. The branding of Anglesey needs a lot more work.”