Aberdeen on board for tourism boom

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - FEATURES -

There was a time when the prospect of Aberdeen gen­er­at­ing £1bil­lion a year from tourism was the stuff of dreams and not a re­al­is­tic out­come.

How times have changed: the Gran­ite City is on the up and tourism is creat­ing a strong wave of op­ti­mism lap­ping around Aberdeen Bay.

Why should Aberdeen not share in the tourism pot that fills the cof­fers across scot­land? The suc­cess of the High­lands in this sec­tor is well known, and long may it con­tinue, but Aberdeen seems at last to be get­ting its act tog­bether.

It might not have the Loch Ness mon­ster or Cul­lo­den Bat­tle­field, which In­ver­ness boasts, but the culture on of­fer and its own spe­cial at­trac­tions are com­ing into their own. New fig­ures show sharp rises in vis­i­tor num­bers at sev­eral key at­trac­tions. These have been in­ter­preted as clear signs of a tourist boom just around the cor­ner.

Favourable tourist re­ports na­tion­ally about the hid­den gems of north-east culture have also given things a lift. With the city mas­ter­plan gain­ing mo­men­tum, and the prospect on the hori­zon of cruise ships dock­ing reg­u­larly in Aberdeen, a trans­for­ma­tion in tourism is un­der way.

It is vi­tal that all busi­nesses and ser­vices are pre­pared and pulling to­gether to en­sure that tourism is one of the cred­i­ble al­ter­na­tives to re­ly­ing solely on oil as the main­stay of the lo­cal econ­omy.

“It is vi­tal that all busi­nesses and ser­vices are pre­pared and pulling to­gether”

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