Latest figures showing a rise in the number of people using guest houses, bed and breakfasts, self catering units and hostels in Wales over the last year have been welcomed by Economy and Infrastructure Secretary, Ken Skates.
The Economy Secretary was responding to the latest Wales Tourism Accommodation Occupancy statistics, which show that room occupancy for guest houses and bed and breakfasts in Wales between March 2016 and February 2017 stood at 40%, a 2 percentage point increase on the previous 12 months.
Meanwhile occupancy rates for self catering units increased by 4 percentage points in the same period to 55%, while hostel bed space increased by 3 percentage points to 51%.
At 67% the occupancy rate for hotel rooms was the highest of all but down slightly on the figures for the previous 12 months.
The Year of Legends 2017 has had a great start with Wales being named as one of the top must-visit destinations globally from the likes of Lonely Planet TripAdvisor, Wanderlust and Rough Guides.
The recently launched Year of Legends campaign, which includes an advert starring Luke Evans has also been hailed as a game changer by industry leaders. With the busy holiday season in full flow, the work of marketing Wales continues.
The forthcoming international soccer matches in Cardiff in June are expected to bring a major boost to South Wales and the Champions League cup has started a tour of Wales after arriving last week.