On Wednesday 22nd May local tourism operators from Swansea and Neath Port Talbot were taken for a showcase of the newly revamped Plantasia attraction in Swansea, an indoor rainforest with interactive displays, and animals including snakes, monkeys, meerkats, and even caiman crocodiles amongst its residents.

This was the first tourism trade visit to the attraction since new operators Parkwood Leisure moved in and it re-opened in April after a huge £1m investment by Swansea Council.

The visit was arranged by local tourism membership organisation Tourism Swansea Bay with over 25 of their tourism business members attending including local attractions, activity providers and accommodation providers as well as Swansea Councils tourism team who also helped set up the visit.

Tourism Swansea Bay Chairman Stephen Crocker said: “We arrange these visits for our members to allow them to showcase their businesses to each other and for them to experience attractions first hand so they can recommend them to their guests.”

Tourism Swansea Bay manager Dean Jeffery added: “It was great to see our members networking, talking about how they can work together and enjoying the fantastic updates at Plantasia. We were all very impressed and I know our members will be sending their visitors here after today.”

Colleen Tumelty, Regional Director from Parkwood Leisure commented: “It was a pleasure to meet and host members of Tourism Swansea Bay and a brilliant opportunity for us to showcase the fantastic facility that Plantasia is and will remain. We are privileged to be part of tourism in this beautiful part of Wales and we want to ensure that Plantasia re-establishes its position as one of the best indoor visitor attraction in Swansea Bay.“

For more information about Plantasia visit www.plantasiaswansea.co.uk

For more information about tourism membership organisation Tourism Swansea Bay – www.tourismswanseabay.co.uk