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press releaseNovember 2011

Promoting Sustainable Tourism in the Dyfi Biosphere

On Tuesday 29th November, an event launching a new tourism business project will be held at Plas Antaron, Aberystwyth

The new project, run by ecodyfi, will concentrate its efforts on working with businesses to highlight the advantages being part of Wales’ first Biosphere. “Sustainable Tourism in the Dyfi Biosphere” concentrates specifically on North Ceredigion, starting at Aberystwyth town itself and then on up to the border near Machynlleth. The project is funded by the Rural Development Plan for Wales 2007 – 2013, which is financed by the Welsh Government and the European Union.

Over a period of two years the coordinator and a team of expert advisers will be working closely with businesses in North Ceredigion to promote the aims of the UNESCO Dyfi Biosphere, the advantages that arise from the status and the support available to operate in a sustainable manner. There will be opportunities for businesses to benefit from practical assistance in joining a tourism accreditation scheme - the Green Tourism Business Scheme (GTBS) - as well as a cluster group specific to North Ceredigion.

“The Dyfi Biosphere status is very exciting for the area, and one of the Biosphere’s aims is to encourage co-operation between communities, in order to develop the area economically whilst at the same time protecting and maintaining our cultural and environmental heritage,” said Gwawr Davalan, the new project co-ordinator.

During the event there will an opportunity to meet the project team members, take part in a session led by a GTBS representative, and discuss the possibilities for your business. It starts at 10.15 and finishes with a light lunch.

The project has received support and assistance from experts including Tourism Partnership Mid Wales (TPMW) and the Cambrian Railway Partnership, and representatives will be present on the day to offer their services. “Sustainable tourism is a market which is growing rapidly and we have an excellent opportunity here for North Ceredigion businesses to make the most of this. As well as working closely with businesses which offer tourism services, the project will research into local food and drink producers and opportunities to co-ordinate public transport in the area,” said Dee Reynolds, Regional Strategy Manager (TPMW).

“We aim to spread the word as far and wide as possible,” added Gwawr, “and any business which would like to book a place at the event on the 29th or learn more about the project is welcome to get in touch on 10654 703 965 or Gwawr@ecodyfi.org.uk”.