Angus MacDonald MSP backs Scottish Tourism Week
Tuesday, 28 February 2012 16:22
Falkirk East MSP Angus MacDonald has signed up to back Scottish Tourism Week, which runs from 6th to 13th March. Scottish Tourism Week events, which aim to raise the awareness of tourism as Scotland's most sustainable industry, will take place across Scotland with this year’s theme being 'Competing for Growth' and the planned events will build on the success of previous Scottish Tourism Weeks in fostering a positive climate for future growth, which will, in turn, support and attract greater levels of private investment.
Commenting on tourism in Falkirk district Angus MacDonald MSP said:
“I am delighted to support Scottish Tourism Week at a time when we are seeing increased numbers deciding to holiday in their home country of Scotland and increased visitor numbers from down south and abroad.
Falkirk district has much to offer visitors. In addition to the now world famous Falkirk Wheel we have the Bo’ness and Kinneil Steam Railway, The Dunmore Pineapple, The Antonine Wall and Callendar House and Park to name just a few, and we have one of the best shopping high streets in the country. And the future looks bright with the exciting multi-million pound plans to turn scrubland between Grangemouth and Falkirk into a new parkland and visitor attraction set to open in 2013. With all these attractions on our doorstep Falkirk district is well placed to capitalise on increased tourist numbers and we offer a warm welcome to all.”
Stephen Leckie, Chair, Scottish Tourism Forum commented:
“The importance of Tourism to the Scottish economy is undeniable; it brings in over £4 billion per annum and supports over 200,000 jobs across all parts of Scotland. Scottish Tourism Week celebrates this mainstay of the Scottish economy, which has great potential to contribute to Scotland’s recovery from the current global economic situation.
We are delighted to welcome HRH the Duke of Rothesay as our Patron for Scottish Tourism Week and are extremely grateful for his recognition of, and support for the tourism industry in Scotland.
The support of Scottish Government to tourism is both evident and welcome. Its importance at a local level is also evident and STF is delighted that 66 MSPs, over half of the total number of MSPs, demonstrated their support for tourism by signing up to Scottish Tourism Week at a recent event in the Scottish Parliament.”
Scottish Tourism Week, now in its seventh year, is fast approaching and promises yet again to be an interesting, informative week for all involved in Tourism. Tourism has continued to demonstrate its importance and potential for the Scottish economy, creating real long term employment that by its nature is non-transferable. The industry has also shown its relative resilience during a period of prolonged uncertainty and consumer caution.