Pledge to help tourism
CONSERVATIVES were pledging today to help boost Scottish tourism. Deputy leader Murdo Fraser was launching his party’s strategy to bring in more yearround visitors. Tourism is worth about £4.1 billion a year to Scotland and employs 210,000 people. The party wants to set up a Tourism Investment Bank and will place a formal obligation on Historic Scotland – which owns many of the country’s top tourist attractions – to promote the area to attract visitors. Tories would keep Tourist Information Centres, but encourage them to share their premises with other organisations to save costs. They also want them to promote Scotland-wide information for tourists, not just the local area.