Visit Wales

Visit Wales is the Welsh Government's tourism team within the Department for Heritage to promote Welsh tourism and assist the tourism industry. Visit Wales has taken over the functions of the former Wales Tourist Board, an Assembly Sponsored Public Body; the role of Visit Wales is to support the Welsh tourism industry, improve tourism in Wales and provide a strategic framework within which private enterprise can achieve sustainable growth and success, so improving the social and economic well being of Wales. The mission of Visit Wales is to "maximise tourism's contribution to the economic and cultural prosperity of Wales"; the baseline budget at the Wales Tourist Board for 2005/2006 was £22.6 million. Tourists spend over amounting to around £ 3 billion a year. In direct terms, tourism contributes, it is important to note. 100,000 people in Wales are employed in tourism, representing about 9% of the workforce. Over one million trips are taken to Wales annually by overseas tourists; the general United Kingdom accounts for 93% of tourism trips to Wales.

Seventy percent of tourists to Wales come from other parts of the United Kingdom for a holiday, 20% to visit friends or relatives and 7% for a business trip. Fifty percent of trips by UK tourists to Wales go to small towns/villages; the most popular origins of overseas visitors are Republic of Ireland, United States, Germany. The most popular activities undertaken by tourists in Wales are: walking, visiting historic attractions such as castles and visiting museums and galleries; the most popular attraction in Wales is the Museum of Welsh Life which attracts over 600,000 visitors annually. In serviced accommodation in Wales, there are over 80,000 bed spaces available. In 2015, the Welsh Government announced a 3-year plan, driven by Visit Wales, to promote Wales based on a series of annual themes: The Year of Adventure in 2016 The Year of Legends in 2017 The Year of the Sea in 2018It has been stated that these thematic years are: a long-term ambition to grow a stronger and more defined brand for tourism in Wales the opportunity to focus investment and innovation in tourism the need to drive an increase in visitor volume and value to Wales each year.

There are 74 tourist information centres around Wales, which act as the first port of call for visitors, offering local information and accommodation booking services, as well as many other services. This network of centres offers an essential service to the 13 million visitors that come to Wales every year, they are run by over 40 different managing authorities and Visit Wales co-ordinates the network to set and monitor standards of presentation and customer care. The Wales Tourist Board was established in 1969 as a result of the Development of Tourism Act 1969 and its role was enhanced following the Tourism Act 1992. An'Abolition Order' was passed by the National Assembly for Wales 23 November 2005 and full transfer of functions into the Welsh Assembly Government was made 1 April 2006. On that day, the Wales Tourist Board ceased to exist. Tourism in Wales VisitBritain VisitEngland VisitScotland Global website - - The official guide to places to stay and things to do in Wales.

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Forbidden Priests

Forbidden Priests is a French film directed by Denys de La Patellière in 1973 starring Robert Hossein and Claude Jade. This French melodrama tells the tragic story of a rare couple: Priest Jean, who falls in love with a young woman, the 17-year-old girl Françoise, has relations with her, gets her pregnant; that happens during World War II. Some years Françoise waits for her majority to get her child out from the orphanage and Jean becomes a communist. Robert Hossein - Jean Rastaud Claude Jade - Françoise Bernardeau Claude Piéplu - Father Grégoire Ancely Pierre Mondy - Paul Lacoussade Louis Seigner - Bishop Germaine Delbat - Jean's mother Michèle Watrin - Françoise's cousin Lucienne Legrand - Françoise, mother Georges Audoubert - Françoise, father Forbidden Priests on IMDb Forbidden Priests at AllMovie Prêtres interdits at notre Cinema

List of birds of Yosemite National Park

This is a comprehensive listing of all the bird species recorded in Yosemite National Park, in the U. S. state of California. This list is based on one published by the National Park Service with species confirmed to 2014. Between when the NPS list was compiled and August 2019, four species have been added through eBird for a total of 268; this list is presented in the taxonomic sequence of the Check-list of North and Middle American Birds, 7th edition through the 60th Supplement, published by the American Ornithological Society. Common and scientific names are those of the Check-list; the following tags have been used to annotate some species. The main body of the NPS list uses a bar chart to depict rare rare, variable species, appends separate tables for the two classes of "additional species". Rare - "present in small numbers; these birds are adapted to an aquatic existence with webbed feet, bills which are flattened to a greater or lesser extent, feathers that are excellent at shedding water due to special oils.

Order: Galliformes Family: Odontophoridae The New World quails are small, plump terrestrial birds only distantly related to the quails of the Old World, but named for their similar appearance and habits. Mountain quail, Oreortyx pictus California quail, Callipepla californica Order: Galliformes Family: Phasianidae Phasianidae consists of the pheasants and their allies, including partridges, grouse and Old World quail; these are terrestrial species, variable in size but plump with broad short wings. Many species have been domesticated as a food source for humans. Greater sage-grouse, Centrocercus urophasianus White-tailed ptarmigan, Lagopus leucurus Sooty grouse, Dendragapus fuliginosus Wild turkey, Meleagris gallopavo Order: Podicipediformes Family: Podicipedidae Grebes are small to medium-large freshwater diving birds, they are excellent swimmers and divers. However, they have their feet placed far back on the body. Pied-billed grebe, Podilymbus podiceps Horned grebe, Podiceps auritus Eared grebe, Podiceps nigricollis Western grebe, Aechmorphorus occidentalis Clark's grebe, Aechmorphorus clarkii Order: Columbiformes Family: Columbidae Pigeons and doves are stout-bodied birds with short necks and short slender bills with a fleshy cere.

Rock pigeon, Columba livia Band-tailed pigeon, Patagioenas fasciata Eurasian collared-dove, Streptopelia decaocto Mourning dove, Zenaida macroura Order: Cuculiformes Family: Cuculidae The family Cuculidae includes cuckoos and anis. These birds are of variable size with slender bodies, long tails, strong legs; the Old World cuckoos are brood parasites. Greater roadrunner, Geococcyx californianus Order: Caprimulgiformes Family: Caprimulgidae Nightjars are medium-sized nocturnal birds that nest on the ground, they have long wings, short legs, short bills. Most have small feet, of little use for walking, long pointed wings, their soft plumage leaves. Common nighthawk, Chordeiles minor Common poorwill, Phalaenoptilus nuttallii Order: Apodiformes Family: Apodidae The swifts are small birds which spend the majority of their lives flying; these birds have short legs and never settle voluntarily on the ground, perching instead only on vertical surfaces. Many swifts have long swept-back wings which resemble a boomerang.

Black swift, Cypseloides niger Vaux's swift, Chaetura vauxi White-throated swift, Aeronautes saxatalis Order: Apodiformes Family: Trochilidae Hummingbirds are small birds capable of hovering in mid-air due to the rapid flapping of their wings. They are the only birds. Black-chinned hummingbird, Archilochus alexandri Anna's hummingbird, Calypte anna Costa's hummingbird, Calypte costae Broad-tailed hummingbird, Selasphorus platycercus Rufous hummingbird, Selasphorus rufus Allen's hummingbird, Selasphorus sasin Calliope hummingbird, Selasphorus calliope Order: Gruiformes Family: Rallidae Rallidae is a large family of small to medium-sized birds which includes the rails, crakes and gallinules; the most typical family members occupy dense vegetation in damp environments near lakes, swamps, or rivers. In general they are shy and secretive birds. Most species have long toes which are well adapted to soft uneven surfaces, they tend to be weak fliers. Yellow rail, Coturnicops noveboracensis Virginia rail, Rallus limicola Sora, Porzana carolina American coot, Fulica americana Order: Gruiformes Family: Gruidae Cranes are large, long-legged, long-necked birds.

Unlike the similar-looking but unrelated herons, cranes fly with necks outstretched, not pulled back. Most have elaborate and noisy courting displays or "dances". Sandhill crane, Antigone canadensis Order: Charadriiformes Family: Recurvirostridae Recurvirostridae is a family of large wading birds which includes the avocets and stilts; the avocets h