Groups urged to cash in on new tourism fund

Evening Express (City Final) - - Scotland Today -

AN MSP is call­ing on com­mu­nity groups in the North-east to ap­ply for cash from a new £6 mil­lion ru­ral tourism fund. The Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment an­nounced the fund in re­sponse to the tourism boom in ru­ral Scot­land and the money will be in­vested over the course of two years. The fund will sup­port a wide range of im­prove­ment projects.

These in­clude park­ing, camp­ing fa­cil­i­ties, re­cy­cling points and foot­path ac­cess, in ar­eas such as the North Coast 500 route, as well as His­toric En­vi­ron­ment Scot­land sites. Banff­shire and Buchan Coast MSP Ste­wart Steven­son said: “The tourist in­dus­try is vi­tal to the Banff­shire and Buchan coast econ­omy, which at­tracts vis­i­tors from all over the world each year. “The new £6m Ru­ral Tourism In­fra­struc­ture Fund will help cater to the very wel­come in­creas­ing tourist num­bers in the North-east and help al­le­vi­ate pres­sure on trans­port, ser­vices and fa­cil­i­ties.

“Lo­cal groups in Banff­shire and Buchan that would like to bid for this fund­ing can get in touch with me if they need any ad­vice.”

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