Greenock based MSP, Stuart McMillan met with Gavin McDonagh (Managing Director of Inverkip Marina) to discuss Marine Tourism and employment opportunities for Inverclyde.
Stuart, who established and chairs the Parliament’s Cross Party Group (CPG) on Recreational Boating and Marine Tourism has a keen interest in marine tourism, how Inverclyde can benefit more from the activities and the employment opportunities that exist.
After the visit, Stuart McMillan MSP said:
“Kip Marina does a fabulous job delivering a premier service for its customers which helps promotes Inverclyde and Scotland as a world class sailing destination, exemplified each October at Scotland’s Boat Show
“Gavin and his team work tremendously hard in continually improving their facilities adding to Inverclyde’s attraction
“Over 200 people are employed on site at the Marina, including many highly skilled positions. With the launch of Scotland’s first ever Marine Tourism Strategy in March of this year and with the ambitious targets that have been set to grow the sector further, creating further jobs.
“Kip Marina plays its part in the Inverclyde economy and their contribution increases Inverclyde’s tourism profile.”
Gavin McDonagh added:
“We have been delighted by Stuart’s support of Kip Marina and the marine tourism sector throughout Scotland.
“Without his input and leadership, our Industry would not have a voice in Parliament. The Scottish Marine Trade was galvanised by Stuart when he set up the cross party group resulting in the publication of the marine tourism strategy earlier this year, which without his drive and enthusiasm would frankly not exist.
“Stuart appreciates the potential and impact our sector has on the Economy and is driving it forward with the support of everyone in the Industry.