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Swansea venues continue their bounceback from the pandemic

​​​​​​​VISITORS continue to flock to major leisure and destination venues supported by Swansea Council as staff there continue their bounceback from the pandemic.

Freedom Leisure, Wales National Pool Swansea (WNPS), Plantasia and the National Waterfront Museum are all enjoying healthy levels of custom.

Visitor numbers at the city centre LC and Freedom’s other community leisure facilities in the 2022-23 financial year were up almost 30% to more than 1.8m on the previous year. Income rose almost 36% to around £8m.

WNPS increased its income by more than £300,000 to around £1.3m.

Plantasia, run by Parkwood Leisure, saw attendance figures up from around 98,000 in 2022 to more than 117,000, with revenue up more than £200,000 to almost £950,000.

At the free-entry waterfront museum, in-person and online visitor figures were up around 10 per cent to almost 277,000.

And while all the venues face challenges ahead, particularly with high energy bills and the need to continue to build visitor numbers, Robert Francis-Davies, cabinet member for investment, regeneration, events and tourism, said their continuing success was vital.

Today, the cabinet considered its Leisure Partnerships Annual Report, looking at 2022-23 visitor numbers and financial performance of organisations in the city to which the council provides support in a range of ways.

Cllr Francis-Davies said: “We continue to be there for our leisure services partners during the ongoing cost-of-living crisis because they play a critical part in the life of our city and our local communities.”