Tintern Abbey has been labelled another one of the UK’s best tourist attractions according to its visitors.
The site had been awarded the prize for the third consecutive year by Irish bus tour operator, CIE Tours International.
The quality of the UK’s hotels and visitor attractions had been recognised the tour operator. Tintern Abbey and another 34 tourism providers were awarded a merit award in its UK Awards of Excellence.
Ken Skates, deputy minister of the Welsh Government for culture sport and tourism explained, “It’ is a great accolade that Tintern Abbey has been recognised internationally as being an excellent day out for visitors to the UK. Tourism contributes a significant amount to the Welsh economy and Ireland has historically been our largest international market in terms of volume of visitors, bringing benefits not only the attractions such as Tintern Abbey directly, but also the surrounding local businesses, shop and cafes.
“Our Places of Worship are an important pull for visitors to Wales and Visit Wales have introduced a Faith Tourism Action Plan to raise awareness and improve visitors experiences.
“Excellent customer service is crucial for a thriving tourism industry and I am pleased Tintern has left visitors with a positive impression of our magnificent country which I hope means they will encourage their friends and family to visit in the future.”