Report by the Commission on Devolution in Wales »We hope that this Report will give us the foundation for a fundamental reform of the devolution settlement.Learn more »
Pilots in Ceredigion and Vale of Glamorgan to find new ways to deliver public transport
Funding to trial new, more efficient methods of delivering public transport to improve access to jobs and services, particularly in rural areas.
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- Proposals concerning the publication of Sustainable Development Indicators statistical outputs
- Consultation on the regulations to introduce a new Firefighters’ Pension Scheme in Wales from April 2015
- Onshore oil exploration activities: integrated pollution prevention and control
- Statutory Guidance to the Independent Remuneration Panel for Wales in relation to the salaries of Local Authority Chief Executives
- Consultation on the findings of the report on the Impact and Effect of the Non-Domestic Rating (Definition of Domestic Property) (Wales) Order 2010.
- Achieving high standards together - a new framework for animal health and welfare in Wales
Featured consultation »Curriculum for Wales: Phase 1 - revised literacy and numeracy arrangements
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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.
2nd Supplementary Budget 2013-14 »
The 2nd Supplementary Budget proposes a number of changes to the 1st Supplementary Budget for 2013-14, which was published on 25 June 2013.Learn more »
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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.