WORK is officially underway on Wales's first Hilton Garden Inn.

The Hilton Garden Inn brand is being built at Adventure Parc Snowdonia at Dolgarrog. The four-storey hotel will have 106-bedrooms and will create more than 90 new full-time hospitality roles.

A ceremonial spade was dug into ground at the construction site by deputy minister for culture, sport and tourism, Lord Dafydd Elis-Thomas.

The minister was joined by Adventure Parc Snowdonia’s chairman Martin Ainscough and managing director Andy Ainscough.

Also in attendance was Graham Dodd, managing director for Hilton in the UK and Ireland, along with Rob Smith and Mike Smith from HH Smith, the lead contractor for the build.

Andy Ainscough, managing director for Adventure Parc Snowdonia, said: “Our phase two evolution is all about building on what we’ve established since we launched in 2015: a flagship adventure and lifestyle destination for Wales, the UK and beyond. Hilton Garden Inn will only add to the quality of our visitor experience, we’re delighted to have them on board.”

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Lord Elis-Thomas said: “Starting the construction of this new Hilton hotel is an exciting next stage in the development of Adventure Parc Snowdonia.

"I am very pleased that the Welsh Government has been able to support the plans for this new hotel, which is a significant tourism project for the region and will be of further benefit for both the Conwy Valley and to Wales – especially as North Wales is fast becoming a destination of choice for visitors who are seeking adventure and unique experiences.”

The Hilton Garden Inn, which represents a total investment of £16million, will be complemented by additional hospitality facilities at the adventure parc, including an indoor/outdoor wellbeing spa, corporate conference facilities for up to 260 delegates, and a destination dining lagoon-side restaurant.

The hotel is likely to open in 2020 and is part of the surf lagoon's transformational phase two evolution. Phase two includes the new indoor adventure facility Adrenaline Indoors – one of the biggest purpose-built indoor adventure destinations in the UK – due to launch on August 1.

Adventure Parc Snowdonia – home to a world-first inland surf lagoon – opened in August 2015.

The attraction has welcomed 500,000 visitors since it opened.