Wales aims to become European adventure travel hotspot

Wales could soon be branded as the adventure travel capital of the UK as thrillseekers continue to flock there to get their adrenalin fixes.

Over the past few years, the Welsh tourism industry has started to embrace the more adventurous side of life, with a host of new attractions opening up.

Indeed, 2016 will see the tourism board launch a new 'Year of Adventure' initiative geared towards showcasing the various activities on offer here.

That is, as well as being a prime location for laidback outdoor pursuits such as walking, hiking and golf, Wales is also establishing itself as a prime destination for climbers, surfers, mountain bikers and more.

Westminster urged to help Wales become top European travel spot

Speaking in Parliament this week, one Welsh MP called for Westminster to do more to help put Wales on the adventure tourism map, not just in the UK but in Europe as a whole.

"Wales has first-class mountain biking facilities, not only those managed so ably by Antur Stiniog, but also Coed y Brenin and the Mawddach trail," Liz Saville Roberts MP told her colleagues in the Commons.

"Nefyn golf course, like many of Wales’s outstanding courses, is located on the coast, and plays its part in the golf economy, which contributes almost £38m to Wales."

Wales is currently home to the longest zipline in the whole of Europe, with guests travelling at speeds of up to 100kmph.

As well as this thrill-seeking ride, a number of cave complexes have also been opened up to the public over the past few years, some of them having previously been inaccessible for more than two centuries.
 
 

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