Banff Councillor in Tourism Leadership Call

>> Monday, 18 February 2013

Aberdeen City & Shire Tourism Partnership launched their strategy for 2013 – 2020 today (Monday).

The strategy aims to capitalise on existing tourism strengths of the North-east: golf; business tourism; events, festivals and culture; and nature and heritage.

Commenting, Banff & District councillor and SNP Group Economic Development spokesperson John Cox, who attended the launch, said:

“I very much welcome the launch of this new tourism strategy and given the focus within it on capitalising on our existing golf tourism I’m delighted for local courses such as Duff House and Royal Tarlair which can not only benefit from this but play an enhanced part in attracting tourists to our part of Banffshire.

“Although there is a feeling that the North-east is often left out as a tourist destination, largely due to geography, there is much here to build on, such as our golf courses, our annuals shows and events such as Turriff Show and Portsoy Boat Festival, and the nature of the area such as the Moray Firth.

“For these opportunities, we absolutely need to improve the customer experience, expand accommodation provision in some areas and develop leadership and management skills to drive this forward.

“The end result if it is done well will be a huge increase in visitor spend in the North-east, boosting the local economy of our towns and villages.”

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