A new, high quality touring caravan park, which has opened in the heart of Snowdonia following £1 million investment, has received a five star grading from Visit Wales, the Welsh Government’s tourism arm.
“Llanberis Touring Park is the benchmark for all touring sites to follow. Nothing more to be said,” states the Visit Wales grading report.
The grading is based on eight category groups including cleanliness and toilet and washing facilities.
The 54-pitch park, which is located on eight acres of land on the edge of the popular village of Llanberis, was officially opened by the then Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism Ken Skates, who is now Economy and Infrastructure Minister in March.
The Visit Wales report states: “A brand new touring site that has come on stream in the last couple of months, a well designed site that will reap its rewards in the coming years. Commendation should be given to the level of cleanliness around the site.”
The park has been developed by Shrewsbury-based Morris Leisure, who also own the successful Riverside Touring Park in Betws-y-Coed and four caravan parks in Shropshire. Based on figures issued by the British Holiday and Home Parks Association, the company expects Llanberis Touring Park to generate in excess of £400,000 a year for the local economy.
Snowdonia attracts more than 10 million visitors a year and local politicians are convinced the new park will be good for Llanberis.
Park managers Nick and Wanda Hilditch said they were delighted with the five star grading and the Visit Wales endorsement.
“The park has become increasingly busy since it opened, particularly at weekends and some caravan owners have already visited up to four times,” said Wanda. “We are anticipating a very busy summer as more caravan and motorhome owners discover the park.
“Customers love the park’s location because it’s a short walk from the town and not far from Snowdon Mountain Railway and Snowdon, the highest mountain in England and Wales. They also enjoy the fabulous woodland walks with their dogs and the stunning mountain views.”
At the opening ceremony, Mr Skates said: “2016 is Wales’ Year of Adventure and Llanberis Touring Park is ideally situated for visitors to take advantage of the amazing adventures which North Wales has to offer. We need high standard facilities in Wales and this park can compete with anywhere in the UK.”
Councillor Trefor Edwards, chairman of Glyn Rhonwy Working Group, has described the park as “fantastic” and said he had been pressing for a development of this type for many years to give Llanberis an economic boost.