A Scotsman article may interest gurnites who are involved in the tourist industry. Tourism high heid yins think Scottish tourism might miss out on a few opportunities. Are we at a crossroads for tourism in Scotland, could it even go down the pan perhaps?
"Tourist chiefs believe spin-offs from the London Olympic Games, Glasgow’s Commonwealth Games, the Ryder Cup and a new Disney film offer an unprecedented “honeypot” – but only if they are capitalised on.
VisitScotland chairman Mike Cantlay said: “I am appealing to the tourism industry to help us grasp this opportunity – from the smallest B&B to the biggest resort hotel.” "
Benefit from the Olympics? With millions of people trying to escape London for four weeks perhaps? Maybe Nairn will get by simply because the Highlands, will as always, promote themselves simply by their majestic natural beauty that won't be going anywhere soon. Well some of the anti-windmill groups might have you think so. Besides Rosemary got the Regal painted up so things should improve now and maybe a few more folk passing by might be lured in to spend money in overnight accomodation etc, in Nairn. Although a worrying figure is quoted in the article:
"The Winning Years initiative is to be launched formally at the Scottish Parliament tomorrow, just weeks after it emerged that spending from overseas visitors was down by 17 per cent in the first half of this year, contrasting sharply with a 5 per cent rise across the UK."
The Scotsman article is here and there are some interesting comments following it too. Fergus gets a mention in his role as tourism minister. At the end of the day tourism is a powerful part of Nairn's economic muscle but can we always rely on it being there? Do we need a plan B in case it fails in the near future given the global economic situation?