Park re­tains Euro award

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The Cairn­gorms Na­tional Park has been given an in­ter­na­tion­ally-renowned sta­tus for its sus­tain­able tourism.

The park has been re-awarded the Euro­pean Char­ter for sus­tain­able tourism in pro­tected ar­eas and is the only place in Scot­land to hold the ti­tle.

To mark the award the park author­ity was in­vited to a cer­e­mony at the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment in Brus­sels.

Vice-con­vener Brian Wood said: “It’s a phe­nom­e­nal achieve­ment to have been awarded the char­ter for the third time and a honour to be cho­sen to show­case our work to our coun­ter­parts in Europe.

“Achiev­ing char­ter sta­tus has only been pos­si­ble due to the hard work and col­lab­o­ra­tion of a wide range of peo­ple.

“It is a true ex­am­ple of part­ner­ship work­ing at its best.”

Europarc as­ses­sors spent three days in the Cairn­gorms dur­ing the sum­mer and noted the in­vest­ment made to the park’s path net­work and de­vel­op­ing the Snow Road.

The as­ses­sors also agreed the park worked well with busi­nesses and the com­mu­nity in de­vel­op­ing pro­pos­als for the na­tional park and gave ad­vice on how the park can move for­ward over the next five years.

Carol Ritchie of Europarc said: “The Cairn­gorms Na­tional Park is lead­ing the way in Scot­land, with a strong lo­cal part­ner­ship fo­cus to sus­tain­able tourism.”

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