Published on Tuesday, June 12, 2012
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Nat Geographic must-see place now has guide for low impact holidays
Green holidays website Greentraveller.co.uk has published an online guide to show residents and visitors how to make the most of the region in a way that has a low impact on the environment and a positive impact on the local economy.
Greentraveller"s Guide to the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park (www.greentraveller.co.uk/green-holidays-pembrokeshire) features over 75 recommendations for where to sleep and eat and what to do in the UK's only mainly coastal National Park, from the award-winning beaches and island RSPB reserves to the traditional towns and villages, ancient woodland and historic castles. The guide includes an interactive map of the featured businesses, videos celebrating the unique landscape, and in-depth information on how visitors can reduce their environmental impact by travelling to and around the area by public transport and by walking or cycling more.
Supported by the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority, Greentraveller"s team has picked out some of the top places to stay, from an innovative ecolodge to self-catering barns, cosy cottages, luxury yurt camps, award-winning B&Bs and organic farms.
The Guide also features some of the best spots to find local produce, a range of outdoor activities from exploring the famous Pembrokeshire Coast Path to kayaking and coasteering around the Preseli Hills, and family days out at wildlife parks, adventure centres and gardens, including the award-winning Castyll Henllys iron age fort and Bluestone resort, which won the national Example of Excellence in the Rural Action category in the Business in the Community"s annual responsible business awards.
Richard Hammond, Chief Executive of greentraveller.co.uk, said:
"The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park is a world-class destination. I"ve spent over a dozen summer holidays enjoying its award-winning sandy beaches, visiting its historical castles and walking along stretches of its famous Coast Path, and have seen first-hand what a great destination it is, particularly for family holidays and adventure sports."
"We hope this Greentraveller Guide to the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park - in its 60th anniversary - will help residents and visitors make the most of the park, including exploring some of the lesser known areas, such as the magical Preseli Hills, and where to find the best local produce, from organically-reared Welsh beef and creamy Pant Mawr organic cheese to local diver-caught scallops and St Brides Bay crab."
"Importantly, the guide features information on the variety of options now available to travel to and around the park by public transport, including the 'Coastal Cruiser' and 'Puffin Shuttle' buses that travel the entire length of the Coast Path."
"This Guide is the latest of our online destination platforms for specific regions in the UK, including other National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) that are proving popular with holidaymakers looking for that special local touch."
The guide has been part funded by the Welsh Government"s Sustainable Development Fund, which is administered by the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority, and developed with the support of the National Park"s team.
Emma Taylor, the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority"s Sustainable Development Fund Administrator, said:
"The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park is fast becoming one of the most talked about travel destinations on the planet."
"Both National Geographic and Lonely Planet have named Pembrokeshire and its world-famous Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail as must-see places for 2012 and it"s easy to see why."
"The UK"s only truly coastal National Park has something for everyone, from the breathtaking Coast Path to fascinating bird islands; from Britain"s smallest city - St Davids - to the pretty harbour town of Tenby. It"s a paradise for everyone from the casual hiker to the hardcore adrenaline junkie."
"We want our visitors, and those who are lucky enough to call Pembrokeshire home, to treasure what we all value about this place and to help us in our duty to care for it. We are delighted to support Greentraveller as it enables people to make environmentally informed decisions about their holiday or adventure here in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park."
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The recent insolvency of Low Cost Travel Group, one of the large players in the travel industry had a big impact on the travelers, hotels and all related players from both wholesale & retail arms. There were about 27,000 people on a holiday who had booked through the company comprised of a €200 million wholesale arm and €500 million OTA / retail arm.