British Marine and British Marine Scotland has welcomed an action plan to increase the value of Scotland’s marine tourism industry by nearly £100 million.
The Marine Tourism Symposium took place today (Friday 20 November 2015) with British Marine Chief Executive, Howard Pridding, taking part in a panel session at the event to represent member companies in Scotland. It saw more than 120 representatives from the industry gather at the Scottish Parliament to hear how the Marine Tourism Strategy Action Plan could increase the value of the industry from £360m to £450m by 2020. It also aims to increase the value of sailing tourism from £101m to £145m in the next five years.
The Symposium is launching the action plan that will implement the Scottish Government’s Awakening the Giant marine tourism strategy and the key role that marine businesses now need to play. The strategy was launched earlier this year to put the plans for expansion into practice.
The Scottish Marine Tourism Development Group (including industry groups, British Marine Scotland, RYA Scotland and Sail Scotland as well as VisitScotland, The Crown Estate, Scottish Tourism Alliance, Scottish Enterprise, Scottish Development International, Scottish Canals, Highlands & Islands Enterprise and Firth of Clyde Forum) has produced this five-year strategy to focus on the sustainable growth of Scotland’s marine leisure sector. It is the first of its kind to identify a clear path forward with achievable step by step actions.
Outlining the potential and opportunity to grow Scotland’s revenue by enhancing the world-class marine tourism destination, it concentrates on three key themes: “Providing Authentic Experiences”, “Improving the Customer Journey” and “Building our Capabilities”.
Howard Pridding, Chief Executive of British Marine, commented: “British Marine Scotland played a lead role in the development of the strategy and now member companies must act by getting involved. A great collaboration has taken place to build strong relationships with Government, local authorities and other strategic partners. With the Scottish Government looking favourably on boating tourism in Scotland, our members must not hesitate to seize this opportunity and progress the strategy forward.”
Scotland’s marine environment is one of its crown jewels and encompasses some of the world’s most beautiful and varied boating waters. With the whole industry behind this strategy, the Development Group firmly believes marine tourism in Scotland can achieve its full potential.