Pledge to help tourism

Evening Express (Extra Edition) - - FAMILY MEMORIES -

CON­SER­VA­TIVES were pledg­ing to­day to help boost Scot­tish tourism. Deputy leader Murdo Fraser was launch­ing his party’s strat­egy to bring in more year­round vis­i­tors. Tourism is worth about £4.1 bil­lion a year to Scot­land and em­ploys 210,000 peo­ple. The party wants to set up a Tourism In­vest­ment Bank and will place a for­mal obli­ga­tion on His­toric Scot­land – which owns many of the coun­try’s top tourist at­trac­tions – to pro­mote the area to at­tract vis­i­tors. Tories would keep Tourist In­for­ma­tion Cen­tres, but en­cour­age them to share their premises with other or­gan­i­sa­tions to save costs. They also want them to pro­mote Scot­land-wide in­for­ma­tion for tourists, not just the lo­cal area.

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