Literature Wales is the national company for the development of literature in Wales. Its many projects and activities include A Dylan Odyssey and the Developing Dylan education project as part of the Dylan Thomas 100 Festival, plus, Wales Book of the Year, Dinefwr Literature Festival, the National Poet of Wales, Young People’s Laureate for Wales and an annual Literary Tourism programme.
Literature Wales is one of six national arts companies in Wales, each representing different art-form genres. Literature Wales works with the support of the Arts Council of Wales and the Welsh Government. www.literaturewales.org
The National Trust
The National Trust was founded in 1895 to care for places of historic interest or natural beauty. In Wales it cares for over 50,000 hectares of countryside, 196 miles of coastline as well as some of the finest castles and gardens.
The Trust is the largest conservation organisation in Europe, supported by four million members, more than 110,000 of whom live in Wales. National Trust Wales is the largest tourism business in Wales welcoming more than 1 million people to its attractions and in excess of 4 million people to the special parts of the Welsh coast and countryside it protects. www.nationaltrust.org.uk
Cadw, the Welsh for to keep, is the Welsh Government’s historic environment service working for an accessible and well-protected historic environment. More than two million people visit Cadw’s 127 historic sites every year, exploring more than 6,000 years of history across Wales. www.cadw.wales.gov.uk
University of Wales Trinity Saint David
The University of Wales Trinity Saint David, is an university created under Wales’s oldest university Royal Charter, through the merger of the University of Wales, Lampeter and Trinity University College in 2010 and Swansea Metropolitan University in 2013. The transformed University, which includes FE Colleges – Coleg Sir Gâr and Coleg Ceredigion – within a dual sector university grouping, serve the needs of Wales within an international context. TSD London is a new development providing an opportunity for international students to study a range of programmes in one of the most picturesque and safest areas of London. In 2011, it was announced that the University of Wales will also be merged into Trinity Saint David. www.uwtsd.ac.uk
The Marketing and Tourism section of the County Council key objectives are to provide a co-ordinated strategic tourism development role, collate and communicate research and statistics on usage, supply and possibilities, advise on grants as well as ensure Carmarthenshire is widely promoted as a destination to enjoy either as a day, overnight or business visitor. A promotional mix including attending local and national events, direct mail, radio, public relations, point of sale displays, fulfilment brochures and targeted campaigns in niche markets such as fishing, golf, castles and gardens, accommodation are funded as are two TIC’s. As well as Tourism, the section has responsibilities for marketing a range of Council services and events.
Carmarthenshire Tourist Association
The Carmarthenshire Tourist Association (CTA) is a non-profit making company which has the sole aim of supporting and developing tourism in Carmarthenshire, South West Wales.
Members of the CTA have access to a wide range of useful benefits and services aimed at helping them to develop their business – and subsequently help grow tourism in our county.
S4C is the only Welsh language television channel in the world. As a public service broadcaster, it commissions independent producers from across Wales to make the majority of its programmes.
S4C broadcasts over 115 hours of programmes each week, including sport, drama, music, factual, entertainment and events, across a range of platforms, including online. S4C offers comprehensive services for children: Cyw for younger viewers, Stwnsh for older children and programmes for teenagers.
Open University in Wales
The Open University in Wales is Wales’ largest provider of part-time higher education. It is a world leader in providing innovative and flexible distance learning opportunities at higher education level. The Open University in Wales promotes educational opportunity and social justice by providing high-quality university education to all who wish to realise their ambitions and fulfil their potential. Over 8,000 students across Wales are currently studying with The Open University. In 2013, for the ninth successive year, The Open University in Wales was voted top in Wales for ‘overall student satisfaction’ in the National Student Survey.
South West Wales Tourism Partnership
The South West Wales Tourism Partnership (SWWTP) works in partnership with Welsh Government (WG), Visit Wales (VW), Local Authorities, the private sector and all other organisations with an interest in collaborative tourism. In the guiding context of national policies every piece of work that SWWTP undertakes has addressing seasonality at its core. The partnership works with partners to encourage visitors to south west Wales throughout the year.
Regional Tourism Partnerships aim to join all sectors of the tourism industry together at a regional level, eliminating duplication and encouraging partnership working.
Ffres is jointly funded by the South West Wales Tourism Partnership (SWWTP) and the Food Division of the Welsh Government and aims to strengthen the region’s food tourism product by supporting the development of a strong network of local businesses and organisations involved within this sector. It assists in the process of solving some of the sector’s challenges by encouraging increased competitiveness, as well as economic, social and environmental sustainability – and importantly, by encouraging business collaboration by bringing producers, retailers, chefs and end-users closer together.