In December 2016, VisitScotland published figures indicating that Inverclyde’s tourism sector had grown in the previous year. Between 2014-15, Inverclyde saw a 17% increase in tourism employment which resulted in 7% of all local employment involved in tourism. This equates to 2,100 jobs. With tourism being a clear growth sector in Inverclyde, MSP for Greenock and Inverclyde Stuart McMillan has published a new report, ‘Inverclyde, Setting the Standard’, which aims to inform new and on-going discussions about how the Inverclyde tourism sector can grow further.
The report, published on the 3rd February, will form a foundation for on-going work Stuart seeks to undertake in this area with the help of other stakeholders. A member of the Cross Party Group on Tourism in the Scottish Parliament as well as the Convenor of the Cross Party Group on Recreational Boating and Marine Tourism, Stuart is seeking to draw on his knowledge of the sector having heard of good practice from around the country, and lead a discussion on how the Inverclyde tourism sector can flourish by building on those good practises.
Speaking following the release of the report, Stuart said, “Tourism is one of the most important sectors in Scotland. In fact, by 2026, travel and tourism is expected to support 370 million jobs in total globally, which will equate to 1 in 9 of all jobs in the world. It is very welcome that Inverclyde saw a 17% increase in tourism employment between 2014-15, however I think we can grow this sector further locally. Inverclyde can become a destination that people regularly visit whether they are from Scotland, Europe or further afield.
“The discussion document on tourism I have published seeks to set out why the tourism sector is so important not just locally but globally and why I believe Inverclyde needs to do more to get a bigger slice of the tourism cake. We have so much to offer tourists, including notable attractions like the Greenock Cut, Lyle Hill, Gourock Outdoor Swimming Pool, Ardgowan Estate and Newark Castle to name but a few, while Inverclyde’s history and culture rival any area in Scotland.
‘I’m essentially saying to the world – come to Inverclyde and we won’t disappoint. My report however is not intended to be a final destination, but a starting point to begin an area wide discussion on how all of us as a community can grow our tourism sector. I would encourage all of my constituents and people from our business community to engage with me and engage with each other. I intend on hosting a number of tourism events this year to further discuss this report and any ideas it has sparked amongst our local population. As always, I can be contacted via Stuart.McMillan.MSP@parliament.scot, by telephone on 720 930 or by coming into my office at 26 Grey Place.”
Click on the link below to read the report.