Local MSP urges South Lanarkshire Council to boost budget for Clydesdale tourism
By Support Team on 11/02/2020
SNP MSP for Clydesdale Aileen Campbell has urged South Lanarkshire Council to use the forthcoming budget as an opportunity to boost tourism in Clydesdale and across the county. She has asked for a comprehensive tourism strategy for Clydesdale and to involve and engage with local organisations and businesses in the sector.
The request follows an event in December, hosted by Ms Campbell, in Lanark which brought together key groups from across Clydesdale to develop a joint approach to developing tourism in the constituency.
As well as writing to the council about this, Ms Campbell will now be meeting with council leader, John Ross, to discuss tourism and the economic and economic potential the area has and how, together, this can be developed for the benefit of people across Clydesdale. A further event, involving local groups in Clydesdale, is also to be held in the near future.
Ms Campbell said:
“Clydesdale is bursting with potential for building tourism, and engaging with those working in the sector locally can help us develop a new and imaginative tourism strategy for our area.
“That is why I have asked the council to look to use their forthcoming budget as an opportunity to boost tourism with a comprehensive strategy, along with exploring the need to increase capacity to support this work.
“At a recent meeting I hosted with representatives from South Lanarkshire Council, Visit Scotland, Community Councils, Development Trusts, BID Groups and local businesses, one of key actions to emerge was an agreement to work together to maximise the tourism potential for Clydesdale. We are looking to meet again shortly to discuss next steps – having communities engaged with and involved in this process is crucial to making this a success.”