AN INTERNATIONAL sporting event has injected an estimated £2m into Dwyfor and Meirionnydd’s economy.
The International Sheepdog Trials, held in Tywyn at the start of September, brought thousands of visitors to the area and boosted the local economy significantly.
The Trials, the first held in the area for 60 years, were dominated by Welsh competitors despite participants entering from all over the UK and beyond.
Visitors to the trials came from as far afield as the Americas and Australia in order to spend time at the agricultural competition and investigating the region.
An economic report, released after the trials were completed, showed that 80 per cent of the visitors who made the trip to Sandilands Farm had come from outside of the county, with many of those promising to come back and explore the area further at a later date.
More than 14,000 bed nights were generated in local hotels and bed and breakfast and television coverage of the event further advertised the region to the nation.
Over 6,200 visitors attended the show with many visiting nearby communities, such as Bala and Machynlleth, and spending approximately £100 each day they stayed in the area.
Read the full story in this Thursday’s Meirionnydd edition of the Cambrian News