Stuart McMillan MSP (SNP) and Convenor of the Cross Party Group on Recreational Boating and Marine Tourism has welcomed European Maritime Day. The annual celebration on 20th May aims to increase the visibility of the maritime sector and support an integrated approach to maritime affairs.
Mr McMillan was visiting Port Edgar Marina alongside the Minister for Tourism, Fergus Ewing MSP to highlight the annual event and to also promote the Scottish Marine Tourism Strategy, ‘Awakening the Giant’
Speaking afterwards Mr McMillan said:
“The marine tourism industry continues to go from strength to strength and its important to highlight the many economic and tourism benefits the industry brings to Scotland.
“The recent launch of the Scottish Marine Tourism was another milestone for the industry and the culmination of a lot of hard work by a pro-active sector.
“I look forward to continuing the promote boating and marine tourism in the Scottish Parliament and through the cross party group.”
Parliamentary motion lodged by Stuart McMillan MSP;
Motion Number: S4M-13231
Lodged By: Stuart McMillan
Date Lodged: 20/05/2015
Title: European Maritime Day
That the Parliament recognises that European Maritime Day (EMD) is marked annually on 20 May and aims to increase the visibility of the maritime sector and support an integrated approach to maritime affairs; notes that EMD 2015 took place in Piraeus, Greece and was devoted to the role of territories, ports and coastal cities and, more broadly, the issue of coastal areas; further notes the role of the Scottish Government and its agencies and partners in promoting the issue of marine tourism through the recent publication of the Scottish Marine Tourism Strategy, Awakening the Giant; believes that the marine tourism sector is an important industry for Scotland; welcomes what it sees as the continued commitment by the Scottish Government to the industry, and hopes for further engagement with other sectors, such as food and drink, in order to maintain the growth of marine tourism in Scotland.