Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton has today used a visit to the Highlands to say that Scottish Liberal Democrats will promote Scottish tourism and ensure that it works for the communities who call the place home.
The party’s local election manifesto calls for adopting new tourism strategies to take advantage of more people choosing holidays in Scotland and give businesses the best chance of capitalising.
It also calls for a substantial programme of capital works in tourist areas to provide better car parking, electric charging points, public toilets and waste disposal points.
Alex Cole-Hamilton said:
“We are so lucky to live in a beautiful country with a fascinating history.
“Lifestyles, services, travel patterns and choices have changed, sometimes permanently, whilst many local businesses have adapted to new opportunities.
“There are major opportunities to keep “leisure pounds” local and to back good local businesses which provide sustainable local jobs
“The Scottish Government have barely tapped the surface of the potential of our world class food and drinks industries for example.
“However, amid all of these opportunities, it is important to ensure that the communities who live in these locations all year round are not forgotten about.
“That means making sure cities like Edinburgh have appropriate licensing regimes in place and providing new amenities in areas like the Highlands so that they are not overrun by tourists.
“Every Scottish Liberal Democrat councillor elected on 5th May will offer new hope to Scotland’s tourist businesses and the communities that they sit among.”