Wales Activity Tourism Organisation. Pete Bursnall Chair W.A.T.O. Petebursnall@mac.com. What are we?!.
WATO is a forum that is being piloted to link existing organisations in Wales’s National Parks, with the aim of sharing best practice across the outdoor sector. WATO functions regionally through Snowdonia-Active, Brecon Beacons Tourism & the South Wales Activity Provider’s Group and the Pembrokeshire Outdoor Charter.
Our overall objective is to improve the delivery of Activity Tourism, thereby leading to increased business for the sector.
“The National Parks are all very different and there is an obvious opportunity for each region to learn from the other, while respecting regional diversity” Chris Wright.
Visit Wales (VW) is sponsoring the forum, following on from a series of Activity Tourism Roadshows held by VW in 2009.
Our budget is presently £12,000 split equally between the organisations and the Chair. This funding runs until April 2011.
Discussions are presently ongoing about how best to fund the organisation beyond that…
In addition to the organisations already mentioned the members sit on or chair numerous other groups with the aim of informing those groups and their spheres of influence about Activity Tourism. These include,