Motion Number: S5M-04029
Lodged By: Gail Ross
Date Lodged: 13/02/2017
Title: Funding for Sail Scotland
That the Parliament welcomes the combined funding from Highlands and Islands Enterprise, VisitScotland and Scottish Development International of £140,000 to support Sail Scotland; notes that this funding for the industry body will help promote the marine tourism strategy, Awakening the Giant, which aims to increase the value of sailing tourism in Scotland; appreciates the impact that sailing has on the Scottish economy; notes recent figures, which suggest that sail tourism supports 2,700 jobs and has an economic value of £130 million, and that it grew by 28% between 2010 and 2016, and considers that the development of many marinas has helped contribute to these figures in recent years, including the 70-berth marina in Wick, which has been a welcome addition to the sail routes across the north of Scotland and Europe.