When the Minster officially opened the Path in May, Wales became the first country in the world to have a continuous path along its coastline. The 870 mile path is expected to attract 100,000 visitors a year.
The Minister visited the Countryside Council for Wales’ stand at the National Eisteddfod to launch eight new leaflets, each focussing on a different area of the Path.
Speaking at the Eisteddfod, the Minister said:
“The information contained in the leaflets will help generate further publicity for the Wales Coast Path and will lead to an increase in visitor numbers nationally and of course here in the Vale. The increase in visitor numbers will benefit coastal communities, and we expect tourism benefits to become spread around the coast because of the Path.
“Around a quarter of coastal tourism businesses reported a positive impact on business as a result of the opening of the Wales Coast Path on 5th May, according to a Visit Wales Survey.”
The initial print run of 7,000 leaflets will be distributed to tourist information centres across Wales. They will also be available at supermarkets, service stations, tourism sites, accommodation and transport sites.
The Wales Coast Path has been developed by the Welsh Government in partnership with the Countryside Council for Wales (CCW), sixteen local authorities and two National Parks.
The Welsh Government has invested up to £2 million a year since 2007 to realise its ambition of creating an 870 mile path that runs right around the coast line of Wales. This has been supplemented by £4 million from the European Regional Development Fund over four years.