Opening a royal palace in Wales could bring in an extra £36m in tourism spending, a report has said.The Gorwel think-tank said the case for an official royal residence should be considered, saying it could attract thousands of visitors but be seen as an extravagance.
According to the BBC Gorwel's report (Which you can read here) examined the case for and against setting up a royal palace in Wales to match those elsewhere.
Presumably this would be a net [profit after security and running costs are taken into account.
Doing so would give Wales political and economic benefits, it argued, leading to a long-term increase in tourism numbers and create up to 100 jobs.
The report suggested between £765,000 and £3.6m annually could be generated in tourism income, as well as a further £510,000 - £2.4m in indirect spending with between 55,680 and 266,927 visitors a year.
Even if all of this was placed on the UK taxpayer rather than the Welsh the alleged profit seems negligible.
Indeed the report at least identifies this
The report was not specific about what kind of building should be used, but said a new site would be "more interesting than a building that had been there for many years already".
It also suggested a number of older buildings could be adapted for use in and around Cardiff, including City Hall and Duffryn Gardens.
But the report's authors, Prof Russell Deacon and Scott Prosser, also list potential drawbacks including that it could be seen as extravagant during a time of austerity.
They said it could also distract or displace tourism for other sites and was "unlikely to be a substantially profitable enterprise".
There would also likely be "significant costs" in renovating an existing building or establishing a new one, while security and anti-terrorism measures "could act as a substantial drain on the public purse".
If we took Cardiff City Hall then I assume some kind of permanent perimeter fence would have to be built around the building or at least an exclusion Zone when the Monarch graced us with a visit.
Bearing in mind it stands next to the National Museum and has University departments close by it could cause major disruption.
Prof Deacon said:
Royal author and broadcaster Brian Hoey said:
"There are a number of royal events coming up, which benefit other capitals, such as London and bring in increased tourism there.
"We'd like to see whether royal occasions could also benefit Cardiff, why is Wales left out of that tourism bonanza? Perhaps we should share some of that as well, we're part of the United Kingdom and in that respect we should have a royal residency here too."
"If there were to be a royal residence here in Wales, it would increase the profile of Wales not only throughout the United Kingdom, but throughout the world.Well it's possible I suppose but only if the Monarch was to visit Wales for a set period every year,
"Because we would then be on the same standing as Northern Ireland and Scotland, and other parts of England of course."
There are official royal residences in England - including Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle - Scotland has the Palace of Holyroodhouse and Northern Ireland has Hillsborough Castle.
The Prince of Wales has a private estate in Llwynywermod in Carmarthanshire, which is often used commercially for holiday lets.
Here a list of some of the Royal Residences not including those occupied by "minor" royals
I think that's enough .
The leader of Green Party Wales, Grenville Ham, said:
"We've already got 600 castles in Wales, we've already got mountains that bring people here. I think the tourism benefit is hugely exaggerated.
"I don't think the royal family need another home, they've got plenty. If they want to build something in Wales, they should build social housing."
Of course this has nothing to do with tourism It is like the renaming of the Second Severn Crossing part of an ongoing strategy to tie Wales to the Union.
The negative response to the Prince of Wales Bridge, may actually be proof to the Unionist here and in London that there may well be already signs of a nascent feeling that we should be following Scotland out of the Union,
The bridge naming fiasco may have backfired, but it in itself is part of policy to split Wales into a South under the dominance of a Greater Bristol and the North under Liverpool.
If we Independistas have one the latest round over the bridge renaming. we should be aware that both Tories and Labour will do their best to economically and culturally divide Wales and have the power to do so,