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Clyne's Winter Wonderland

For the Younger Children......

Step into our Winter Wonderland with Father Christmas and his animals, meet Santa and then see him off on his sleigh!

Who said Father Christams is only for children???

Christmas dinner with Dylan and friends can be enjoyed by all.  Enjoy a three course meal and be entertained by The Clyne Theatre Company's adaptation of Dylan Thomas' 'A Childs Christmas in Wales'.

Call Clyne Farm to make a reservation or find out more information on 01792 403333.

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Morriston Orpheus Choir

Morriston Orpheus Choir's Annual Christmas Concert takes place in St Mary's Church, Swansea on 18 December at 7.30pm

Come along and be delighted by the wonderful Chrsitmas sound!

Tickets can be purchased by calling 01792 526211 or alternatively at the door on the night.

Find out all about the Choir, their latest travels and concerts or even order their CD's on line, all you have to do is !!!

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Michton Chocolate Factory

The Michton Chocolate Factory, Swansea, are celebrating Christmas by inviting all chocolate lovers, old and young, to visit Santa in his chocolate grotto!  Children can take part in the 'chocolate walk' to the grotto and will also recieve a tasty present from Santa or even have their photograph taken with him.

Every Saturday and Sunday until 19th December.  For more information call the Chocolate Factory on 01792 561617.

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  1. Turn Swansea Bay into a Mecca for leisure activities with designated areas for horse riding, windsurfing, sailing, kite surfing, speed sailing.

 

  1. Solve the problem of maintenance of Mumbles Pier by extending it seawards as a solid breakwater to create safe moorings and an all tide stopping point for the Balmoral and Waverley pleasure boats.

 

I know, Santa, that this all costs far more money – maybe £150M - than you have available for one small boy but I have a plan which would raise a lot of it.

 

  1. Swansea is soon to have an excess of public buildings when they take back the old Lliw Valley Council offices from Neath Port Talbot Council. So, move everyone out of County Hall and out to Penllergaer. County Hall could then be sold off as a prime hotel development solving the City’s lack of hotel bed space, part of its traffic problems and regenerating north Swansea into the bargain.

 

Now, if every small boy in Swansea asked for the same wouldn’t we have a great new city?

 

Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

 

Geoff Haden

Chairman

 

PS If you want to send Santa your Christmas wish list email him at [email protected]

 

 

 




The Latest News........

November Open Meeting

This month saw one of the strongest Tourism Swansea open meetings in the head offices of the National Waterfront Museum.  We were lucky enough to have present Sarah Vinning, the Marketing Manager of the museum, who answered many controversial questions and gave an insight into the progress of the exciting developments.  Sally Anne Evans from SA marketing also gave us an informative talk about the pros and cons of leaflet promotion. 

A huge thank-you to all members who came along to this meeting, it was fantastic to see so many of you there – hopefully 2005 will see this kind of support at all of our future meetings.

A date for your diary is the first 2005 Tourism Swansea open meeting.  This will be hosted by the new Ramada Encore on Tuesday 11th January at 12 noon.  It gives you the opportunity to see around this new hotel and the facilities it offers.  More details of guest speakers and directions will follow.  Come along to have you input on what issues/topics you would like to have addressed by the association in 2005 as well as hear about what we have planned for the coming year.




“Swansea, Wales, Europe?”

Tourism Swansea saw a great turn out of both members and non members  at this recent event, which shows just how eager local tourism businesses are to improve and move forward by accessing European funded projects and grants.  A number of speakers including Andrew Lloyd Hughes from the City and County of Swansea and Jo Leeurweke from the Wales Centre for Accessible Tourism gave extremely interesting presentations and took part in a topical discussion with all local operators. 

Exhibitors at the event said how encouraging it was to find out that so many businesses in the area were interested in this aspect and it had been very successful for them in terms of getting their message across.

More than double the expected numbers turned up at the Marriott Hotel, approximately 110 businesses were represented.  For those of you who took part in the day we hope you’ll agree that it was tremendously successful on all accounts!




Free Computer Training......

An exciting project which may interest you is being run by one of our associate members - Computeraid.  They specialise in imporving your computer skills in just ten days!

Computeraid, along established award winning company, is please to offer popular, free computer courses for Welsh businesses in the Swansea area.  Delegates take part in structured training relating to PC basics, word processing, spreadsheets, graphics, the internet, e-mail and data security.  Courses are run one-day-a-week for ten weeks.

The next available course takes place at the University of Wales, Swansea starting on Tuesday 11th January.  Places are based on a first come first served basis and are limited, so avoid disappointment and book today.

For a booking form and further details please contact Rebecca Willmoth on free phone 0800 183 2040 or alternatively e-mail




eTry

Following on from the Computeraid project - Tourism Swansea's very own scheme, eTry, is now well under way and has been received extremely well by its first participant.  The list to take part is still growing and if you would like to have the chance to trial a computer for free in your home for a few weeks then please book a time slot as soon as possible.  For full details about what the scheme can offer for you please call the office on 01792 403333 or e-mail clearly stating “eTry”.


Walk and Talk Survey

In order to support tourism businesses addressing the requirements of the
Disability Discrimination Act (DDA), the Wales Tourist Board (WTB) is
supporting a service to provide a ‘Walk & Talk Survey’ of businesses in
Swansea, Carmarthenshire or Neath Port Talbot, on a first-come-first-served basis. The total cost of the audit is £150.00 - WTB will subsidise this by £30, meaning the net cost would be £120.00.  You can even request a written report should you need one, at an additional cost.  For further information and to request an application form please contact WTB’s Business Support Unit on 029 2047 5283 or e-mail




Recruitment Drive!!!

By now all members should have received their “Recruitment Information Pack” giving you full details on what existing members are entitled to when they introduce a new member to the association.  The pack also contained several benefits leaflets and application forms, more of these can be ordered through Beth in the office – it’s a great and easy way to get a discount on next years membership fees......



Gallu Up Date

Most Tourism Swansea members will now have heard of or even been invleved with the new Gallu project which focusses on providing training to tourism businesses.  The most recent course was 'presentation skills' - this successful day gave owner-managers of local businesses the confidence and skills to deliver strong presentations and talks.  As you can see from the photo on the left, it was an enjoyable learning experience!

Full details of forthcoming courses will be sent to members by e-mail and will be included in this newsletter.  If you are not a member of Tourism Swansea but would like to be included in the Gallu e-mails then please drop us a line at the office or call the office on 01792 403333.




What's on in December……..?

Morriston Orpheus Choir will be holding their annual Christmas Charity concert at St Mary’s Church, Swansea, on Saturday 18 December at 7.30pm.  The choir will be performing with Eirian Davies, Baritone and the Cor Ysgol Gyfun Gwyr so it looks set to be an entertaining evening.  Tickets are available from Evan Roberts on 01792 526211 or at the door on the night.

Every Sunday Blackpill Lido acts as the meeting place for a walk incorporating the history of Mumbles, 10.30am – 12 noon.  All walks are around 5km and will consist of 30 minutes one way, a 15 minute break, and a 30 minute return. You are advised to take water, wear stout footwear and suitable clothing for Swansea weather!

Blackpill also acts as the venue for another area of interest – the Blackpill Wildlife centre re-opens from 10am to 1pm on alternate Sundays.  You can share telescope to see what birds are feeding as the tide pushes up, whether you are a bird enthusiast or would simply like to pursue a new interest.

The city centre is host to a colourful selection of markets this festive season.  The Christmas Craft Market will be on Oxford Street until 15th December and the Welsh Food Fair will be on Princess Way from 13th-15th December.

There will be a celebration of the WDA Sail Bridge on 15th December - Join the WDA at the East Boroughs Car Park in Swansea Maritime Quarter (opposite Dylan Thomas Centre) for a celebration event commemorating one year since the opening of the revolutionary 'Sail Bridge'. There will be loads of children’s entertainment including an ice-rink, a small funfair, choirs and some spectacular fireworks at around 7pm!

If you fancy some family entertainment on the last evening of 2004 then head to the Brangwyn Hall for a live performance of the popular Christmas classic “The Snowman”.  The concert lasts approximately an hour and tickets can be reserved by calling the box office on 01792 475715






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