Wye Valley and the Forest of Dean Tourism has appointed Travel Tonic to handle the destination’s press and PR.
The region covers the three counties of Gloucestershire, Monmouthshire and Herefordshire and is the only cross border tourism body in the UK spanning both England and Wales.
Covering a total area of 1060 square miles, the quality of product and diversity of experiences are there to be discovered by all, from romance seeking couples to adrenalin craving families.
All this and more with pretty towns such as Coleford, Abergavenny, Ross and Monmouth and the dramatic mountains of the Brecons as a backdrop,” added O’Kane.
With over 100 miles of pristine river (The Wye, The Usk and The Severn), the region also offers some of Britain’s’ best fishing, canoeing and even tidal river surfing on the Severn Bore.
The Forest itself occupies a rough triangle plateau of around 35 square miles and is one of England’s last ancient forests and an inspiring location often appearing on our screens from Star Wars to Harry Potter and Doctor Who.
In addition, at its heart is a thriving creative community offering a wide range of handicraft courses, with experiences for those seeking a learning break such as mosaics, weaving, dry stone walling, lambing, foraging and even gin making.
Retail therapy and gourmet hunters are all well looked after, with a Michelin starred restaurant with rooms, local produce bursting forth from the area’s heritage breed farmers, delis and artisan bakeries, stylish interiors shops and galleries, as well as thirst quenching tipples from award winning vineyards, cider and beer producers.
Boutique hotels, cosy B&Bs and cottages, farmstays, glampsites and campsites and even the odd treehouse, yurt or forest cabin will accommodate all tastes and budgets.