Everton star Tim talks up Swansea
IT'S not only visiting football fans who are praising Swansea Bay – Premier League stars are getting in on the action too.
Everton striker Tim Cahill is the latest to have given positive feedback about Swansea when his team visited the Liberty Stadium on the weekend.
The 32-year-old took a photo of Swansea beach from the promenade in the sunshine and urged his 326,000 followers on Twitter to check it out.
And Cahill knows a thing or two about beaches – he's from Sydney in Australia.
His endorsement follows-on from Manchester United and England star Rio Ferdinand praising Swansea as a destination when the Red Devils visited the Liberty Stadium in November.
Steve Hopkins, Swansea Council's Tourism and Marketing Manager, was delighted with the positive comments made by Cahill during Everton's stay in the city.
Steve said: "A lot of the visiting teams have been taking strolls along the promenade to unwind before taking on the Swans at the Liberty Stadium. Tim was saying how impressed he was with the scenery and that's really encouraging because he shared his views with all his followers across the world on Twitter.
"We've been running intensive marketing campaigns in the footballing heartlands of the UK to raise the profile of Swansea Bay as a visitor destination but endorsements from stars like Tim help take that exposure to a new level.
"Feedback suggests many fans to have already come to Swansea for the football action will return in future. This is great news for Swansea Bay's hotels, bed and breakfasts, activity providers and traders because it shows Premier League status is boosting the local economy.
"And we may even see Tim coming back in future without his team. Tim is a very interested in diving, so we sent him the run-down about spots on Gower where he can dive."
Promotional posters of award-winning Rhossili Bay in key outdoor locations across Liverpool will stay up in the city until Swansea take on Kenny Dalglish's team at the Liberty Stadium in mid-May.
The posters were put up in readiness for the Everton match at shopping centres, phone booths and the very busy Kirkdale and Lime Street railway stations.
Each outdoor location has a QR (Quick Response) Code. Anyone who scans over the code with their smartphone is then automatically redirected to the http://visitswanseabay.com website.
Have a look at http://visitswanseabay.com/fanscorner to see the dedicated fans corner guide to Swansea Bay set up for visiting Premier League supporters.
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