Press release

Lord Bourne toasts Wales’ tourism and hospitality success with award winning Welsh beer

Lord Bourne: "Tourism and hospitality play an important role in delivering economic growth for the UK and Wales"

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Today (26 August) Wales Office Minister Lord Bourne will toast the success of Wales’ tourism and hospitality with a visit to Tiny Rebel Brewing Company.

The Minister will be shown around the Newport based brewery to learn more about the thriving craft beer and real ale industry in Wales and sample the famous ‘Cwtch’ beer – winner of the British Beer of the Year at the Great British Beer Festival.

Wales Office Minister Lord Bourne said:

It is great to visit Tiny Rebel Brewing Company to try the beer that is not only putting this home-grown brewery in the spotlight but is a national success story for Wales – representing the quality of our tourism and hospitality sectors.

Tourism and hospitality play an important role in delivering economic growth for the UK and Wales.

This Government is committed to promoting Wales internationally and I hope people across Wales do the same.

As part of a day of visits to celebrate Welsh tourism and hospitality, the Minister will also visit Newport Museum & Art Gallery. He will see the Chartism collection which features significant items related to the Chartist movement in Newport and includes images, weapons, newspapers, silver and documents from the time of the Chartist rising in 1839.

He will also see the ‘Drawing our Museum & Art Gallery” exhibition which features artwork by pupils from Glan Usk Primary School in Newport.

Newport Museum & Art Gallery have been collecting evidence of Newport’s rich history and culture since 1888 with exhibitions ranging from Newport and the First World War to a Medieval Ship collection.

The Welsh tourism industry generates spending of £5 billion a year - employing over 120,000 people and attracting 10 million British tourists in 2014. The NATO Summit in September 2014 showcased Newport and Wales as a whole to a global audience – helping to attract tourists from around the world.

Lord Bourne added:

Newport Museum captures some of the city’s most significant historical moments.

It was great to get an insight into the history of this vibrant city.

Published 26 August 2015