Sir Terry Matthews proposes renaming Swansea as Cardiff to promote the region globally
A PROPOSAL to rename Swansea as Cardiff to promote the regions globally would not work for Wales's second city, according to Tourism Swansea Bay.
The suggestion from Wales's first billionaire, Sir Terry Matthews, was broadcast on BBC television last night, .
He also suggested making Newport a district of Cardiff.
But Tony McGetrick, chair of Tourism Swansea Bay, said: "It is an interesting philosophy, and I can see the benefit for Newport as the area suits the Cardiff model more.
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"It still has quite an industrial background there, and it is only 15 miles from Cardiff.
"But I think it would be pushing it for Swansea.
"You have to go through a couple of counties first, and Cardiff is more about the city centre experience, whereas in Swansea we have leisure, and Swansea's profile has never been higher either, particularly with the success of the Swans."