Help to Buy – Wales Shared Equity Scheme »This shared equity loan will make up the shortfall between the purchase price of a property and the funding available to buyers through their cash deposit and mortgage offer.Learn more »
Tunnels investment to improve A55 resilience
Major improvements in the resilience and safety of the A55 will be carried out over the next three years as a result of capital investment by the Welsh Government.
- Jobs Growth Wales reaches record high
- Building a world class qualifications system for Wales
- Tunnels investment to improve A55 resilience
- Local authority environmental permitting fees and charges 2014-2015
- Alternatives to Waste Transfer Notes and other aspects of Waste Regulation
- Proposals concerning the publication of official statistics
- Beyond 2011: Consultation on Census and future provision of population statistics in England and Wales
- M4 Corridor around Newport Consultation
- Undertaking fatal and non-fatal drug poisoning reviews in Wales
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Section highlightThe Housing (Wales) Bill
The Bill will introduce significant improvements across the housing sector to ensure that people have access to a decent, affordable home and better housing-related services.
Legislative programme 2013 - 2014 »
The First Minister detailed the 8 bills in the Welsh Government’s 5-year Legislative Programme that will be brought forward during the 3rd year of the Welsh Assembly.Learn more »
Section highlightProject pipeline update - December 2013
This Wales Infrastructure Investment Plan annex highlights planned investments and potential procurement opportunities.
Final Budget 2014-15 »
The amount of funding allocated to Welsh Government Departments for 2014-15 is £14.9bn.Learn more »
- Statistics & Research
Upcoming calendar »
See the schedule for all statistics and research releases.
Biennial grading assessments
Visit Wales, like all organisations, is facing restrictions in terms of the budgets and resources available to us as we go forward. To continue serving the tourist industry and encouraging development and investment in quality, we will need to work more effectively and with less resource at our disposal over the coming years.
In response to this, we are introducing a system of biennial assessment for accommodation and attraction businesses renewing their full grading/Visitor attraction quality assurance service (VAQAS) scheme membership from 1 April 2011. Business that have applied or renewed before that date will receive their annual assessment as normal.
To facilitate this, businesses will pay an annual registration fee. This works out at approximately 20% less than what businesses currently pay each year for full star grading or VAQAS.
As a result of this change, businesses will receive a full assessment visit once in every two year period. We will continue to carry out overnight assessments for hotel and guesthouse style accommodation using the voucher system on the following basis.
Visit Wales overnight stay inspection frequencies
- 1, 2 and 3 star hotels - Overnight every four years
- 4 and 5 star hotels (and 3 star Gold Hotels) - Overnight every two years (i.e. every assessment will be an overnight)
- 1, 2, 3 and 4 star Guest Accommodation including Inns and Restaurant with Rooms - Overnight every four years
- 5 star Guest Accommodation including Inns and Restaurant with Rooms - Overnight every two years (i.e. every assessment will be an overnight)
These may be subject to change depending on individual circumstances. In view of the reduced frequency, all overnight assessments will be unannounced. Businesses may also choose to have more frequent visits for an additional cost.