Stuart McMillan MSP (SNP, West Scotland) and Convenor of the Cross Party Group on Recreational Boating and Marine Tourism has today (Tuesday) spoke in a Scottish Parliament debate on the contribution that marine tourism makes to Scotland and the Scottish economy.
The debate focused around Scotland’s National Marine Plan, adopted in March 2015 and the strategic framework for Scotland’s marine tourism sector, Awakening the Giant.
Speaking during the debate Mr McMillan said:
“Marine tourism is a gem in Scotland’s offering and I know as Convenor of the Cross Party Group on Recreational Boating and Marine Tourism that it has helped hugely in driving forward the agenda and its future success.
“In Inverclyde we have the scenery, the hospitality, the food, the culture, the heritage and the people.
“From a small base some 10 years ago, the cruise liner industry is now worth over £50m to the economy and in Inverclyde its estimated to be worth some £8m alone. This year will see the Greenock Ocean Terminal break over 100,000 passengers for the first time.
“Alongside this, the campaign to bring the QE2 back to the Clyde is one I fully support, as I believe it could become a fabulous tourism opportunity in conjunction with the growing cruise liner industry.
“I welcome this important debate and am delighted to champion the marine tourism sector in the Parliament.”