Since 2000, CTNW has acted as a catalyst for local faith communities to participate in the tourism economy of Wales. Previously, very little structured religious tourism development activity took place in Wales, or in the UK; the organisation has therefore played a pivotal role in a significant national and international movement dedicated to celebrating religious heritage for the benefit of local communities, visitors and the wider economy
In response to government’s wider regeneration and cultural policies, organisations like CTNW are potentially important agents for the development of sustainable and successful local communities.
Faith groups, primarily the Christian church, are unique in having a physical presence in almost every community and are called upon by the majority of the population at the most important times in most people’s lives. Their social importance is mirrored in the value of their built heritage: churches are very often the most architecturally significant buildings in the landscape or townscape in which they are found.
Church Tourism Network Wales (CTNW) is an umbrella organisation, with charitable status, that works to :
- Encourage more and different people through the doors of the places of Worship in Wales and to;
- Enable congregations to profit spiritually, culturally, socially and economically.