On Tuesday 19 March, Stuart McMillan MSP for Greenock and Inverclyde led a Member’s Debate in the Scottish Parliament to highlight the month of March being Scottish Tourism Month 2019.
Coordinated by the Scottish Tourism Alliance (STA), Scottish Tourism Month’s mantra for 2019 is ‘Tourism is Everyone’s Business’ to reinforce how important tourism is to all sectors, not just the economy.
During his speech, Mr McMillan said:
“Inverclyde is Scotland’s Marine Tourism capital. Whether it’s recreational boating, Kip Marina being the home of Scotland’s Boat Show in October, or the growing number of cruise liners arriving, we are delivering more every year. When the new Cruise Ship Visitor Centre opens in Greenock, it will include some of the works of the late, iconic George Wyllie who lived in Gourock.
“The even bigger opportunity with cruise tourism would be for more ships to use Greenock as the departure point therefore encouraging more hotels to open up locally. This was reported yesterday in the Greenock Telegraph as there is another hotel development being considered by a large business.”
Commenting after the Member’s Debate, the local MSP said:
“I was delighted to be leading this debate as I am a member of the Parliament’s Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee as well as convening the Cross-Party Group for Tourism, and the Cross-Party Group for Recreational Boating and Marine Tourism.
“It’s true that tourism is everyone’s business, and the more people that realise that the better. We all have a part to play in attracting tourism, and it can be as simple as helping keep local beaches clean or encouraging people to visit your local area.
“Inverclyde is known for being home to Newark Castle, for the beautiful scenery at the top of Lyle Hill, and for our fantastic, challenging golf courses, and for the Gourock Highland Games.
“Soon I hope it be also known for producing great whisky at Ardgowan Distillery, as our amazing food and drink sector grows from strength to strength.
“Scotland has so much to offer when it comes to tourism, and while Inverclyde may not have always been considered a prime tourist destination, it’s time we started talking up our tourist offering here locally if we want to attract visitors and boost our local economy.”