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We should mean business when we talk about tourism

SUMMER has arrived big time and we're all looking for places to go and things to do. It's also time to grumble quietly among ourselves about how what's on offer locally is looking a bit tired. But whose fault is that? It may sound like a statement of the blindingly obvious but tourism is a business just like any other. It depends on turnover, cash flow and investment. Visitor and attraction industries in the Swansea Bay region are estimated to bring in over £600 million a year to the area. Yet we persistently seem to treat tourism like a bolt-on part of the economy. Over the years, local authorities and the Welsh Government have jointly produced impressive tourism strategies. If you can get

If the answer is 'boulevards', what's the question?

"SO how many business people do you know who approve of this boulevard scheme", I said to the Evening Post editor pointing out his office window at workers excavating the stretch between Oystermouth Road and Quay Parade. Don't get me wrong. I'm not precious about digging up the city. A few people might recall that I'm the guy who wanted to redevelop the land between High Street and the Kardomah to create a shopping mall that would have put 30% of the city's shopping area under cover. I don't have a problem about breaking eggs to produce a decent omelette. Maybe I come with a slightly different perspective to your average critic. Besides my own project experience I also have 20-something year

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