FROM THE NEWSROOM

It's never been
easier to pay a
visit to Wales

WorldGolf.com Staff Report

WALES (Sept. 4, 2003) -- Visiting Wales has never been easier. No matter what you want to do or where you want to stay, you can now book accommodation online at Visitwales.com, the Wales Tourist Board's official Web site.

For a change of pace during off-season travel think about renting an apartment in Cardiff, the capital city of Wales.

Cardiff is a vibrant city to stay and play

Stay in a hotel, a luxury spa, or five-star rental apartment. Renting a self-catering apartment can be a fun experience -- live like a native and shop the markets for traditional Welsh food, regional wines and beers, and farmhouse cheeses.

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Cardiff is the vibrant capital city of Wales, and an exciting place to stay any time of year. Use it as a base for exploring South Wales and playing some of the best links and parkland golf courses in the UK, and then stay a few days longer to enjoy the city's cultural-packed agenda. There are so many attractions in and around Cardiff that a one-week stay will barely scratch the surface.

For example, there are Victorian arcades, traditional food markets, museums, opera and theatre productions, and nearby castles, gardens, and wineries. You can play links and parkland golf until you're ready to drop, and drive through old market towns and magnificent countryside from coastline to mountains.

Accessibility to South Wales has never been easier. Besides the options of driving or taking a train -- travel time by car or rail from London is around 90 minutes -- Air Wales is now offering three daily flights between London City and Cardiff International airports. Flight time is just 50 minutes.

Whether you want to stay in a hotel, a luxury spa, or a cottage -- or if you want information on local interests, need brochures and guidebooks to help plan your holidays -- you'll find all of these references on the VistWales.com Web site.

Where to stay

Cardiff City Apartment This new apartment in a prestigious city centre location is furnished to a high standard, is non-smoking throughout, and has been awarded five stars by the Wales Tourist Board.

Situated on the 12th floor overlooking the city centre and Millennium Stadium, it has two bedrooms: a master bedroom with en-suite bathroom and second bedroom with separate bathroom.

There is secure undercover parking for one car in a private car park under the building with lift access from the car park to the apartment. A concierge is on duty 24/7 and can be contacted from the apartment for advice and booking taxis and theatre tickets.

The apartment is within easy walking distance of Cardiff Castle, New Theatre, Cardiff International Arena (CIA), Millennium Stadium, Cardiff Museum, restaurants, cinemas and shops including Sainsburys supermarket.

For more information and a brochure contact:

Cardiff City Apartment
Landmark Place, Churchill Way,Cardiff, Wales CF10 2HT pwrw228@yahoo.co.uk cardiff-ca.netfirms.com.

Golf courses near Cardiff

Play golf at nearby courses including: Southerndown, Pyle & Kenfig, Royal Porthcawl in Rest Bay, Porthcawl; the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, Marriott St. Pierre in Chepstow; and the Vale Hotel and Country Golf Club in Hensol, Glamorgan.

For more information on golf courses around Cardiff, check out the Wales Tourist Board site at visitwales.com (scroll down for more information about booking online) and Wales Newsletters on oewcommunications.com.

Links to Web sites and some ideas about:

What to see and do in Cardiff & Where to Stay
The National Museums and Galleries of Wales. Entry is free and there is plenty to see. A fine art collection including La Parisienne by Renoir and The Kiss by Rodin.

Cardiff Castle and Bute Park: A very popular attraction with a large park behind the castle and walks by the river Taff.

The Millennium Stadium.
The 72,500-seat venue for numerous sporting and musical events, as well as the Rugby World Cup Final in 1999.

Shopping

Cardiff Centre shopping is excellent ranging from modern and large department stores to Victorian shopping arcades. Trace your genealogy and buy a Welsh tartan at the Welsh Tartan Centre.

Short drive (15 to 30 minutes)

St Fagan's Museum of Welsh Life A good day out, highly recommended. Quite busy at the weekends.

How do I book something?

Even if tourism businesses -- hotels, inns, self-catering, etc. -- have chosen not to offer on-line booking through VisitWales, their contact details will be on the VisitWales Web site and therefore provide the convenient opportunity for direct bookings. However, for greater speed and convenience, some businesses have chosen to offer on-line booking on VisitWales.

Once you have done a search, click on "availability" if you know the dates you are interested in and on "general" if no dates can be specified.

How do I check my bookings?

To check any bookings you have already made through the Web site use the 'My Details' section, which is on the top menu bar.

When do I have to register and how do I do it?

You will need to provide us with simple details if you wish to order something online e.g. a brochure or if you wish to use our online booking facility.

Do I contact you?

If you have a specific enquiry, call +44(0) 8701 211 251.

If you want to make a booking and do not wish to do so online, then call +44 (0)8701 211 251.

Any opinions expressed above are those of the writer and do not necessarily represent the views of the management. The information in this story was accurate at the time of publication. All contact information, directions and prices should be confirmed directly with the golf course or resort before making reservations and/or travel plans.

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