LLANGAMARCH WELLS, Wales -- The Wales Tourist Board devised a new
accommodations grading system called Star Quality Grading Scheme.
The system was introduced in all 1999 brochures produced by the
Wales Tourist Board and replaces the previous crown system used by
the tourist board to grade accommodations.
The crown system graded each establishment based on the amount
of amenities while the new star system bases its grading on
quality, comfort and service, according to Chris Coleman, director
of trade and consumer relations at the Wales Tourist Board. "With
the star scheme, all establishments, no matter what their size, can
be compared on the same basis -- quality," said Coleman.
Each establishment is assigned one of 13 categories, or
designators, that could include hotel, inn, country house, guest
house, farm, bed and breakfast or lodge. Gradings are awarded by an
independent inspector each year and range from one to five
According to Coleman, inspectors grade each stage of a visit,
from the pre-arrival booking to the overall levels of hospitality,
and award a final star grading based on the results.
Establishments that want to be listed in official Wales Tourist
Board brochures each year must pay for an inspection. With payment,
the establishment receives a plaque with its designator and star
grade on it as well as a listing in all of the board's brochures.
"Our system will hopefully inspire businesses to make greater
efforts to care for visitors," said Coleman. " This will in turn
benefit the Welsh tourism industry by encouraging repeat visits
from satisfied guests."