Good news!! To support the increase in town centre visitor numbers and Wrexham’s current Destination Management Action Plan, Wrexham County Borough Council has agreed to relocate the Tourist Information Centre from its current base in Queens Square later this year!
The demand for visitor information and local food & drink has increased over the last few years as more day and staying visitors choose Wrexham County as a place to visit. In addition, a large part of the Local Authority’s tourism work has focussed upon supporting local food & drink producers raise their profile by stocking their goods in the centre.
Having opened in 1991, the TIC hit its one-million visitor mark in 2015 and continues to welcome both local and overseas visitors to town, many of whom visit due to attractions such as St Giles Parish Church, the football club, Wrexham Museum, Ty Pawb and Techniquest Glyndwr. Events have also played a large role in the growth of the town centre visitor economy with the Victorian Christmas Market, the Wrexham Food & Drink festival and FOCUS Wales notably swelling numbers.
The new TIC will be based in both units formerly leased by the Oriel Wrexham shop before their relocation within Ty Pawb. The units are due to be knocked together to create more floor space which will allow the team to stock their current range of tickets, ambient food, ales, local gins and souvenirs – plus new fresh produce.
In addition, the unit will also have a flexible pop-up space for local food producers, our very own This Is Wrexham Tourism Partnership members, plus cooking space to host dining evenings and private office & meeting space for the tourism staff.
Speaking about the new move, Lead Member for the Economy Cllr Terry Evans added;
“It’s our aim as a Council to support tourism which has been one of our fastest growing parts of the economy in recent years. The town centre is now identified as a main visitor hub for the County and therefore we want to have a first class welcome with a quality, spacious TIC. This will also complement the relocation of Techniquest as they embark on relocating to Chester Street and of course Ty Pawb.”
Chair of the This Is Wrexham Tourist Board Sam Regan also commented;
“It’s a real sign of intent from the Council to continue their support for the tourism industry here in Wrexham with their investment in this move, plus it will create a first-class space for local food & drink providers to market their products in the town centre.”
Architects plans are currently being approved and if all goes well, the move to the former Oriel Wrexham site on Chester Street will be complete this winter.
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