On 3rd May 2011 Betws-y-Coed was officially named as the Gateway to Snowdonia- Porth Eryri .Marked by a new welcome sign and planter, placed on the entrance to the tourist village, a popular destination for a UK family holiday.
The new village status and sign have come about after two years of campaigning by the village Tourism Association. Last year over 70,000 visitors made Betws-y-Coed their holiday destination, with an additional 400,000 day visitors.
According to the village Tourism Association Betws-y-Coed was more popular than ever due to being in the media spotlight on national TV last autumn when Michael Portillo was filming his Great British Rail Journeys documentary in the Conwy Valley. With the media spotlight on the village thanks to Michael Portillo highlighting how great the destination is for walkers and train enthusiasts and, coupled with this the public toilets in the village last year were recorded as the busiest in the whole of North Wales with over 250,000 visits. Perfect for a UK family holiday.
This October the village is hosting for the third time The Snowdonia Walking Festival.
With walkers from all over the UK and Europe being welcomed here.
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