A Message from Clwydian Range Tourism Group
In these unprecedented times it is more important than ever for our members to be supported and support each other.
CRTG is in regular contact with Visit Wales, Wales Tourism Alliance, Business Wales and with Flintshire, Denbighshire and Wrexham Councils to gain the latest information and understanding of developments which will impact our industry.
As the impact of Coronavirus increases, CRTG wants to demonstrate their commitment to their members and provide avenues of support where possible.
This page intends to serve as a hub for our members. We have found there is a wealth of information out there, but it is across several organisations and websites and the information is regularly changing.
We hope that by hosting all useful information in one place, our members have a place to come and find what they need.
We appreciate that many of our members, their businesses and livelihoods will be deeply impacted by Covid-19 alongside many others in the tourism industry.
Therefore we have made the decision to make our resources page accessible to the public. We are currently working to see how best we can support our members moving forward also. We hope the information shared here reaches other tourism businesses in the local region, not just our valued members and that you find the information here useful.
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Thank you to all those who took part in our CRTG Covid-19 Tourism Impact Survey. Our findings are now available for you to read.
Welsh Government has announced measures to 'unlock Wales' and this includes opening some non-essential retail shops from 22nd June.
In addition to this, a re-opening for businesses in the tourism industry who can offer self-contained accommodation may be possible from July. This is next being reviewed on 9th July. Click below for the current information:Government guidance for re-opening
Visit Wales and Visit Britain have launched the' 'We’re Good To Go/Barod Amdani' scheme. It is a free accreditation scheme for all tourism and events businesses to give customer confidence that you are Covid-aware - you do not have to be VW accredited to apply.
Please sign up below:
We have created a discussion forum for our members to discuss anything Covid-19 related.
Board member Vanessa has a seasonal touring site and hosts combat games in Halkyn. We thought sharing her recent experience may prove relatable and reassuring to other board members:
"We were really shocked the last weekend we were open. It was like a bank holiday weekend. Everyone came including those I know have underlying health issues. Children were playing with each other and I couldn’t keep up with sanitising the door handles and surfaces in the shower block. It came as little shock when the police came on Monday morning to ask us to close. The official announcement hadn’t happened yet but they were brilliantly offering us support to encourage and enforce (if necessary) our closure.
We had little resistance as the message about isolation was getting through. I had a few enquiries about payments and as combat games had ended we suddenly realised the financial implications of the lockdown.
A few days later I did some projections for what would happen financially depending on the length of time we are closed, it scared me to death. It was a real low moment and I messaged a fellow CRTG member who I knew would understand. We talked for ages and although it didn’t actually change anything I came out of that conversation a little lighter and with a great plan.
Since then two of our caravaners tested positive for the virus, one ended up in hospital. My best friend was poorly with it. We had the two young children at home and motivation to be productive went up but mainly down. Thankfully all are recovering.
I have had emails of support from Flintshire Tourism Department and links to the financial packages. I’ve applied for those I think i'm eligible for - although there’s a wait to find out. It all helps.
It is incredibly important that we reach out and try to provide support to each other. Depending on the length of the restrictions it is a real possibility that we could loose our businesses and even our home. If I could help another business owner feel like they are not alone or suggest something or guide them through the available support I would welcome that chance.
I’m also on the end of the phone if any of you need a chat. Let's pull together and strengthen our tourism community. "