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Welsh environment minister John Griffiths has said the newly-extended Clwydian Range Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) will boost tourism in rural North Wales.

A 230sq km (89sq mile) area of land in Wrexham and Denbighshire has been designated part of the AONB by Griffiths, following an order by the Countryside Council for Wales.

In 2006, rural Denbighshire welcomed 1.58 million day visitors, while 365,000 overnight trips to the region were made. Total tourism revenue for Denbighshire is more than £91m.

Griffiths said: "We expect the AONB brand to bring in a significant number of new visitors to the area, to drive up tourism and to extend the enjoyment of the area's natural beauty to a wider audience."

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Welsh environment minister John Griffiths has said the newly-extended Clwydian Range Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) will boost tourism in rural North Wales.
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