It’s no surprise that Lonely Planet has set North Wales on the world map of must-see regions

International travel guide Lonely Planet has confirmed what we already knew — Wales is one of the best places in the world to visit.

Its widely travelled experts have singled out North Wales as ‘a gem which should be on every traveller’s radar’ — ranking it fourth in the top ten regions to visit in 2017 alongside Choquequiro in the jungles of Peru, the remote Taranaki region of New Zealand and the lush Azores in Portugal.

I couldn’t agree with that judgment more.

With its spectacular mountainscapes, stunning coastlines and wealth of castle-studded history, Northern Powerhouse Developments have long seen the investment potential in this beautifully unspoilt part of the UK.

It’s why we chose Wales for three of our hotel investment opportunities.

Our luxurious Grade II Listed Llandudno Bay Hotel and our remote country estate Caer Rhun Hall, nestled in North Wales’ Conwy Valley provide the perfect stopping off point for the tourist top spots picked out by Lonely Planet, while our Carmarthen Bay Hotel and Spa offers relaxation and luxury in the picturesque coastal town of Tenby further south.

Lonely Planet is clearly blown away by the breadth of visitor attractions offered by North Wales, and not just the majestic Snowdonia National Park.

One of the reasons it ranks North Wales above regions in South Australia, Malaysia and Chile is its appeal as ‘an epic place for the active’.

The region is the king of the zip wire and Lonely Planet singles out the vast caves of the Llechwedd Slate Caverns, which you can explore from the dizzying height of zip-wires, rope bridges and climbing walls, and Bounce Below, a series of underground trampolines and slides in the former heart of Welsh slate-mining industry at Blaenau Ffestiniog.

If speed’s your thing you can take a literally breath-taking view of the Bethesda countryside at 100mph on the fastest zip line in the world, or travel 400m below ground on the world’s longest underground zip wire at Betws-y-Coed.

What I love about Wales is that it has really taken on the challenge of inventing new and unique tourist attractions. Surf Snowdonia is the perfect example — a man-made inland surf lagoon where you can crest the waves miles from any shoreline.

I think Lonely Planet’s Tom Hall hits the nail on the head when he says:

“It’s a stunning area with a vast array of activities on offer to keep travellers entertained. North Wales deserves to be recognised on the global stage.”

And I’m sure our investors in the region couldn’t agree more.