The town - indeed the whole country was locked down throughout January as the brief Christmas get together had caused a soaring of coronavirus cases. The good news was vaccination had begun. I carried on thinking of ways to get work. Luckily, I am a qualified Federation of European Tourist Guides trainer so got a paid post as course director running an online course for already qualified Blue Badge Guides from other UK nations who were linguists to learn about Wales and the Welsh as we do not have many guides qualified in other languages but I missed guiding and was still getting enquiries about town tours and one started me thinking.
One lady wanted to surprise her husband on their anniversary with a private town tour. I started to think. I had not been able to run food tours during the whole of 2020 because part of the raison d'être of Conwy food tours was the small artisan food producers but, because they were so small social distancing was not possible.
What if I ran special Romantic Conwy tours with a walk on the walls and trips around town and, during the tour we visited our nationally famous chocolatiers to select the chocolates, our gorgeous family owned florist for a personally selected bouquet or corsage and, of course finish at the award-winning private off-licence for some Welsh fizz. I am working on this project now and have contacted all the local hotels and glamping sites about incorporating this in their special break offers for when - and it will - hospitality opens up again
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Amanda Whitehead Official Wales Tourist Guide.