Firms boost tourism plans

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

Am­bi­tious plans to pro­mote tourism in Mo­ray have been given a boost af­ter win­ning the back­ing of busi­nesses.

Four-fifths of the 120 busi­nesses sur­veyed backed the idea of set­ting up a Tourism Busi­ness Improve­ment District (TBid), sim­i­lar to the one in In­ver­ness that has helped boost oc­cu­pancy rates in ho­tels and create jobs.

Tourism busi­nesses across Mo­ray would pay a levy to the Bid which would then be in­vested in projects to im­prove trade and en­sure visi­tors come back time and time again.

The idea was put for­ward af­ter Mo­ray Spey­side Tourism warned last month it could be forced to close af­ter its cur­rent fund­ing stops.

The body, which acts as a tourism board, re­ceives £55,000 from High­lands and Is­lands En­ter­prise and a fur­ther £15,000 from the lo­cal author­ity.

How­ever, the coun­cil re­cently an­nounced that due to its own fi­nan­cial cri­sis, it will no longer be able to of­fer the fund­ing.

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