'Six Nations a missed chance'
THE Six Nations tournament has been a missed opportunity for selling Wales to the world, according to the Conservatives.
The Tories say the Welsh Government should have done more to promote Wales, after learning no money had been spent promoting Wales in the five other capital cities of the countries competing in the tournament.
Suzy Davies AM, Shadow Minister for Heritage, said: "I can't believe that the Welsh Government have made this mistake yet again. Did it learn nothing after its failure to exploit opportunities presented by the Olympics?
"It doesn't make any sense for our tourism industry to miss out on such obvious promotion."
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However, Tony McGetrick, chairman of Tourism Swansea Bay, said: "The shadow government is saying this for publicity. I do not think this can be justified at all. The Welsh Assembly have clear tourism targets. The Six Nations are nothing new, they happen every year.
"People who go to the Six Nations are interested in rugby. This year is a poor year for Wales as most are away matches."
He added: "We are getting free promotion from fans going over anyway. I don't think Scotland particularly have a major customer base for Wales."
A Welsh Government spokesman said: "The latest comprehensive campaign is focused on England as evidence shows that more than 90 per cent of visitors to Wales come from England.
"We also continue to take advantage of targeted opportunities, a further campaign is due to be launched in Catalonia to take advantage of Vueling's direct flights into Wales."