Aileen Campbell MSP for Clydesdale has said new Visit Scotland figures display an opportunity for Clydesdale to grow its tourism potential.
The number of people working in tourism in South Lanarkshire increased by 10% in one year, new figures show – with Scotland as a whole seeing an increase of 11 per cent.
The statistics produced by Visit Scotland show that tourism supports 8,600 jobs in South Lanarkshire, 7% of total jobs in the area.
Between 2014 and 2015, the number of people employed in the sector across Scotland grew to 217,000 – with the 11 per cent increase in Scotland above the 4 per cent rise in Great Britain as a whole. The 217,000 members of the Scottish tourism industry represent 9 per cent of the country’s total employment and is the highest tourism level since Business Register and Employment Survey (BRES) records began in 2009.
41% of staff in the tourism industry work in restaurants, 24% in hotels and other accommodation and 17% in bars and related businesses.
Commenting, Aileen said:
“Our tourism industry is going from strength to strength and this increase in jobs shows the vital role that tourism plays in Scotland’s economy and particularly in South Lanarkshire.
“Scotland is famed for its warm welcome, incredible scenery and top class attractions – and with 2017 the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology we are celebrating our exceptional historical attractions.
“At the tourism meeting I recently organised at New Lanark there was emphasis on developing a strategic focus for bringing more visitors to Clydesdale. With Scotland ranked second in the Rough Guides list of the best countries in the world to visit this year, tourism in Clydesdale has the potential for a very bright future.”
Malcolm Roughead, Chief Executive of VisitScotland, said:
“Tourism is more than a holiday experience. It creates jobs and sustains communities in every corner of Scotland all year round and is at the heart of the Scottish economy.
“These fantastic new figures show that, from hotel owners to waiting staff, tourism really is the driving force for providing the jobs of today and tomorrow. They also demonstrate the industry’s commitment to the 2020 strategy – which aims to generate economic growth through tourism.”
SNP MSP for Clydesdale Aileen Campbell has praised the support available for residents in Clydesdale living with a terminal illness and their families as she met with representatives from Marie Curie.
At a meeting with Marie Curie staff on 13 January 2017, Aileen discussed the charity’s activities across Clydesdale. The charity is looking to establish new volunteer fundraising groups across the region with one covering Clyde Valley and another in Biggar.
In 2015/16 in NHS Lanarkshire 448 patients were supported in 4,164 visits by Marie Curie. Across Scotland in 2015/16 the charity provided care and support for more than 8,000 people living with a terminal illness through its Nursing Service and hospices in Glasgow and Edinburgh.
Following the meeting, Ms Campbell said:
“It was good to meet Marie Curie along with Angela Crawley MP and hear how they are supporting our constituents. We know that palliative and end of life care is absolutely important to get right and the support and dedication shown by Marie Curie to Clydesdale is impressive.
“I was also interested in hearing their plans to create local fundraising groups in the area. The team from Marie Curie were impressed by the level of community activism across Clydesdale and felt that there was real opportunity to grow the presence of the charity in the area. If anyone has time they wish to use to help Marie Curie, then they should get in touch with the team who will provide guidance and support.”
Georgia Ramplin, Marie Curie Community Fundraiser for South Lanarkshire said:
SNP MSP for Clydesdale Aileen Campbell has today (Monday 12th December) visited Chapelton Primary, Milton Primary and Law Primary schools to award the winners of her 2016 Christmas Card competition.
The winner of 1st Prize was Faith Gilmour from Chapelton, with 2nd Prize going to Elizabeth Leggate of Milton Primary and 3rd Prize going to Katie Ledwidge of Law Primary. Highly Commended prizes were also awarded to children from Biggar Primary, Walston Primary and St Mary’s Primary.
Commenting, Ms Campbell said:
“My warmest congratulations to all three of our winners in this year’s Christmas card competition. The standard this year was very high and it was a tough decision to pick a winner. An enormous thank you to all the children who took part and to the schools for their hard work.”
SNP MSP for Clydesdale Aileen Campbell has welcomed the announcement in this week’s Scottish Government budget of a package of £3 million for discounted travel for Scotland’s rail passengers.
Humza Yousaf, Minister for Transport and the Islands, today confirmed £3 million for fare offers to thank passengers for their patience during the investment and improvement of rail services.
The Minister also announced that monthly and annual season ticket holders will benefit from a free week of travel on our railways.
Alongside this, ScotRail will develop a set of fare offers for weekly season ticket holders, daily commuters and leisure travellers to ensure even more passengers can benefit.
Ms Campbell said:
“Any level of delay or disruption to rail journeys affects people’s lives, and passengers deserve to feel confident that they are getting a rail service which is value for money and works. Many in Clydesdale rely on the rail service for work and travel. That is why I welcome this announcement from the Scottish Government that, alongside a record breaking investment programme being taken forward, there is to be a package of £3 million of discounted travel being offered as a thank you to passengers for their patience during this investment and improvement of rail services.
“There are obviously still challenges and there is still much room for improvement in local travel, but I am pleased that this announcement from the Minister will include a free week of travel for season ticket holders, at no cost to them. This is broadly equivalent to the value of a freeze in fares for regular passengers. I also welcome the news that ScotRail will also develop offers for other users to ensure the widest possible benefit for everyone.”
MSP for Clydesdale Aileen Campbell visited Strathaven Library today to promote Book Week Scotland 2016.
Aileen met with staff and members at Strathaven Library as well as Fiona Renfrew, South Lanarkshire Libraries Co-ordinator and Gerry Campbell, general manager of South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture.
Book Week Scotland takes place from Monday 21 - Sunday 27 November. During Book Week, events take place in libraries, schools, community venues and workplaces to share and enjoy reading.
Commenting, Aileen said:
“I enjoyed celebrating Book Week Scotland with staff and members at Strathaven Library.
“I am impressed with the services on offer in our libraries and the innovative plans for the future. Libraries provide facilities where we can read for free, use learning spaces and access community resources.
“Book Week is an excellent time to share the joys of reading among all ages and levels. Head to your local library or visit the Scottish Book Trust online for some reading inspiration.”