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Monday, May 20, 2013

'Dripping with sacred history'...why Wales should do more to convert to faith tourism (by Rachael Misstear)

St David's Cathedral

Article link: http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/faith-sites-could-help-boost-3488641


Published by: Wales Online

Opening excerpt:
More should be done to promote Wales’ abundance of ancient and sacred sites in a bid to improve so-called “faith tourism”, according to campaigners.
Church leaders have claimed there is a renewed interest in holy sites, with more than 600,000 visitors each year to some of the nation’s  most prominent religious places.
Figures from Visit Wales show that places of worship are among the most visited visitor attractions in Wales.

Statistics from article:

Top 5 most visited places of worship
* St David’s Cathedral – 262,000*
* Norwegian Church – 148,547
* Brecon Cathedral and Heritage Centre – 120,000
* Tintern Abbey – 69,631
*Llandaff Cathedral – 40,372
* In 2011, St David’s Cathedral was the seventh most popular free visitor attraction in Wales
(SOURCE: Visit Wales Attractions Survey (2011))

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