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Bilingual Welsh holiday company celebrates landmark with Minister for Tourism

A Welsh holiday lettings company that is proudly bilingual is celebrating reaching 1,000 holiday cottages in its portfolio.
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Original Cottages’ Tîm Cymru (Team Wales) was delighted to invite the Minister for Culture, Tourism and Sport, The Rt Hon, Lord Elis-Thomas, to visit their stand at the Royal Welsh Show at Llanelwedd on Wednesday 25 July.
‘Tîm Cymru’ from Original Cottages incorporates Abersoch Holiday Homes, Best of Wales (Y Gorau o Gymru), Powells Cottages and Wales Cottage Holidays.
These home-grown brands aim to provide a fully bilingual service to owners and guests. Part of the Original Cottages group, which represents more than 4,500 holiday cottages across England and Wales, ‘Tîm Cymru’ is now the third largest self-catering accommodation provider in Wales.


Llion Pughe, Manager, Best of Wales said:
“We want to promote Wales to the world and being bilingual appeals culturally to our international guests as well as to our home owners. We know that 66 per cent of Best of Wales’ home-owners are Welsh speakers and prefer to do business in their mother tongue. Around 20 per cent of our customers are holidaymakers who live in Wales, where a fifth of the population are Welsh speakers, and our bilingual services are very warmly received by them too.”
The Minister for Culture, Tourism and Sport, Lord Elis-Thomas said: 
“Tourism has been identified as one of 4 foundation sectors within the Government’s new Economic Action Plan, which underlines the importance of the sector to the Welsh economy. Our priority is to encourage ambition and create the right conditions and support for those companies who wish to grow. There is certainly ambition within Original Cottages’ ‘Tîm Cymru’ and to see the bilingual nature of Wales rooted at the core of their strategy is something to be celebrated greatly.”