£3 bil­lion in­vest­ment in tourism

The Oban Times - - News -

THE HIGH­LANDS’ tourism in­dus­try stands to ben­e­fit from in­vest­ment of more than £ 3 bil­lion over the next three years, a joint ini­tia­tive be­tween VisitS­cot­land and its key lo­cal and na­tional part­ners has re­vealed.

The up­dated Tourism De­vel­op­ment Frame­work, first pub­lished in 2013, aims to high­light the im­por­tance of the vis­i­tor econ­omy within the wider in­vest­ment and in­fra­struc­ture plans of lo­cal and na­tional agen­cies.

The £ 3 bil­lion fig­ure for the High­lands rep­re­sents over­all pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tor in­vest­ment in ma­jor in­fra­struc­ture projects be­ing de­liv­ered across the re­gion that is ex­pected to have an im­pact on the vis­i­tor econ­omy and sup­port tourism growth.

The Glen Ne­vis her­itage/con­ser­va­tion pro­ject is to ben­e­fit from the in­vest­ment, as well as ho­tel and other ac­com­mo­da­tion im­prove­ments on Skye.

Scott Armstrong, VisitS­cot­land Re­gional Part­ner­ships Di­rec­tor, said: ‘The vis­i­tor econ­omy in the High­lands causes a rip­ple ef­fect that touches ev­ery in­dus­try, busi­ness and com­mu­nity in the re­gion. Re­al­is­ing its growth po­ten­tial to 2020 through the plan­ning sys­tem is an im­por­tant op­por­tu­nity to grasp, es­pe­cially in our chal­leng­ing eco­nomic cli­mate.’

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