MSP fears Brexit could hit tourism

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

AR­GYLL and the Isles has had a bumper year for tourism, but Ar­gyll and Bute’s MSP is con­cerned about the af­fects Brexit could have on the in­dus­try.

At­trac­tions in the re­gion saw a sub­stan­tial in­crease in foot­fall dur­ing in July and Au­gust.

Michael Rus­sell MSP, who is also the Scot­tish Brexit min­is­ter, said: ‘It’s been a good sum­mer through­out the re­gion. Ar­eas that had the first sum­mer on RET (Road Equiv­a­lent Tar­iff), like Mull and Bute, have found it very pos­i­tive and have seen the ben­e­fits of RET. But, gen­er­ally, peo­ple have had a good and prof­itable sum­mer. And that’s al­ways good for the tourist trade, but we can do bet­ter, we can al­ways take more peo­ple.

‘I have my wor­ries about the af­fect of Brexit on tourism, but of course we haven’t had Brexit yet – we’ve just had a ref­er­en­dum.’

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