Vis­i­tor surge amid city trans­for­ma­tion projects

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - LOCAL NEWS - BY KIERAN BEAT­TIE

A num­ber of other projects across the city have en­joyed a boost in vis­i­tor num­bers in re­cent years.

The RSPB Dol­phin­watch scheme had 1,668 peo­ple at the Torry Battery to see the city’s dol­phin pop­u­la­tion at Aberdeen Har­bour in 2014. Last year, the at­trac­tion recorded 5,471 vis­i­tors, an in­crease of 228%.

Mul­ti­mil­lion-pound de­vel­op­ments, in­clud­ing the new £333mil­lion Aberdeen Ex­hibiton and Con­fer­ence Centre, the £30mil­lion re­vamp of the Aberdeen Art Gallery, and the £8.8mil­lion trans­for­ma­tion of the Mu­sic Hall are un­der way across re­gion.

The city coun­cil’s coleader, Dou­glas Lums­den, said the Gran­ite City’s tourism offerings will play an im­por­tant part of the fu­ture lo­cal econ­omy.

He said: “We are work­ing closely with our part­ners to at­tract not just peo­ple from out­with the area to visit, but we are also en­cour­ag­ing our own res­i­dents to re­dis­cover what we have to of­fer.

“We con­tinue to in­vest in our events pro­gramme and it was bril­liant to see the peo­ple of Aberdeen come out in huge num­bers at the week­end to see the excellent Nuart event. As well as the events pro­gramme we must re­mem­ber that we have some fan­tas­tic parks and it is par­tic­u­larly pleas­ing to see the fig­ures for the David Welch Win­ter Gar­den. The staff have done a su­perb job of mak­ing to look so good, and I would en­cour­age all res­i­dents to pay a visit.”

Dou­glas Lums­den at Aberdeen Mar­itime Mu­seum

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