Stuart McMillan MSP SNP and Convenor of the Scottish Parliament Cross Party Group on Recreational Boating and Marine Tourism has highlighted the tourism opportunities in Inverclyde during a debate in the Scottish Parliament.
Speaking during a Members’ debate, Mr McMillan said, Inverclyde has been successful in growing its marine tourism sector over the last couple of years. This year, Inverclyde’s economy expects a £8 million boost from a record-breaking number of visitors to Greenock Ocean Terminal.
Commenting, SNP MSP Stuart McMillan said:
“Inverclyde is readily becoming a set destination for tourists from all over Europe and this will continue in 2015 and beyond.
“Greenock Ocean Terminal will be the first Scottish port to break the 100,000 passenger ceiling at 108,866, a 15% increase from the previous year, and also a new record for Scottish ports.
“Here in Inverclyde, the cruise ship industry is supported by Inverclyde Tourist Group who provide their time and energy to escort visitors to tourist attractions across Inverclyde. This is something which I highlighted back in 2010, when I lodged a motion welcoming the 50,000 tourists visiting the Inverclyde area and also mentioned the excellent work Inverclyde Tourist Group undertakes with cruise ship passengers and showcasing Inverclyde in a positive light
“As Convener of the Cross Party Group on Recreational Boating and Marine Tourism, I am pleased with the progress that has been made in promoting Scottish ports to cruise lines and hope that more tourism will be generated in the future.”