THE MP for the Clwyd South region has been elected as vice-chairman of an all-party parliamentary group (APPG) for hospitality and tourism.

Simon Baynes MP has taken up the role in the group which examines key issues, opportunities and challenges facing the hospitality and tourism sector across the UK.

The group, which was originally founded in November 2018, 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 them.

Mr Baynes was elected by other APPG members at the group’s extraordinary general meeting, and is looking forward to supporting the sectors.

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.”