Welsh "faith tourism" plan launched
THE Welsh Government has launched a new plan to increase the number of tourists visiting the country's churches and other holy sites.
The Faith Tourism Action Plan — the first of its kind in Britain — aims to increase the £12 million visitors currently spend each year visiting such sites in Wales.
Gower AM and Economy Minister, Edwina Hart, welcomed the strategy.
She said: "This is the first action plan of its kind in the UK with a specific focus on faith tourism.
"Some of Wales's places of worship are truly iconic and attract huge numbers of visitors every year. This action plan will not only focus on the iconic sites.
"Churches and chapels have a presence in every community and the activities within Wales's places of worship have helped shape its language, culture and way of life.
"Temples of all religions, holy sites and pilgrim trails also have their place."
She added that the plan set out a "challenging vision for exploiting the full potential of Wales's places of worship".
One element of the action plan is to develop a pilgrims' walking trail linking Welsh cathedrals.
St David's Cathedral in Pembrokeshire is the most visited place of worship in Wales, attracting around 262,000 visitors a year.
Second on the list is the Norwegian Church in Cardiff Bay, followed by Brecon Cathedral and Tintern Abbey.