CLWYD South MP Simon Baynes has been elected Vice-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Hospitality and Tourism

The cross-party group of MPs examines key issues, opportunities and challenges facing the hospitality and tourism sector across the UK.

Originally founded in November 2018, it is currently holding an inquiry into the UK’s Coasts and Waters, which includes waterways like the Llangollen canal, with the aim of producing a report on key issues impacting waterways and coastal areas.

Mr Baynes, who was first elected to Parliament in 2019, was elected by other APPG members at the group’s EGM on Wednesday, June 24.

He said: “It’s great to be able to support tourism and hospitality businesses by becoming involved with the APPG.

"Growing up in the hotel business in Wales when my father ran Lake Vyrnwy Hotel means that I take a strong interest in tourism and the hospitality industries which are vital to Clwyd South, providing many jobs for local people.

“There are a number of challenges ahead as we make our way through the COVID-19 pandemic, so I look forward to working with the APPG and members across the House of Commons to help secure the future of UK tourism and hospitality businesses.”