A LLANDYSUL business has scooped a top award at the inaugural Mid Wales Tourism Awards.

Designed to celebrate and showcase the region’s tourism industry, the biennial awards brought together 42 finalists in 13 categories at The Hafren, Newtown.

And Ty Cwch, Cwmtydu, near Llandysul , walked away with the Tourism Innovation Award, sponsored by Cambrian Training.

Ty Cwch is the first accommodation in Wales for outdoor activities made entirely from refashioned shipping containers and was officially opened at Cwymtydu around the turn of the year by Ceredigion MP Ben Lake.

Dressed in local Welsh larch, the six shipping containers make a spacious dwelling with three bedrooms and three living areas providing kitchen and entertainment facilities.

Crafted by local people the scheme ty Cwch has many leading sustainability features. The containers themselves remain cool in the summer and retain heat in the winter. Heating for showers is provided by an air heat source.

Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, Lord Elis-Thomas, said: “These awards are all about recognising and rewarding excellence and celebrating quality of standards and experiences. These are important attributes for any tourism business and gives our visitors reasons to visit and return to Wales on holiday.

All the award winners will now represent Mid Wales at the Wales National Tourism Awards in March 2020.