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Consultation for Scotland’s Marine Tourism Strategy

Further to the launch of consultation for the draft Marine Tourism Strategy, a series of workshops will now be held around Scotland to encourage people to contribute to development of the final strategy.

The draft Marine Tourism Strategy has been prepared by the Scottish Marine Tourism Development Group.* The draft strategy focuses on the sustainable growth of Scotland’s marine leisure sector and is the first of its kind to identify a clear path forward with achievable step by step actions.

Whilst the organisations in the Marine Tourism Development Group think the strategy is on the right lines they are very keen to hear other views.  As Martin Latimer, Vice Chairman of BMF Scotland and Non-executive Director of Scottish Canals explains: “Although the Scottish marine industry has been a major contributor to the tourism economy, only recently has the government and agencies grasped its real potential for growth. This strategy will inform, develop and raise the profile of our industry further.

To be fully representative, we are asking all those in the leisure marine industry or closely related to it to provide relevant input to the consultation. Thereby ensuring the strategy is the most accurate and powerful tool it can be in moving the industry forward in 2015 and beyond”

Workshops details are as follows (please note the workshop in Oban now starts at the earlier time of 12 noon):

  • Oban, Monday 24 November 2014, 12 noon – 3.30 pm, Royal Hotel, Argyll Square, Oban, PA34 4BE.
  • Inverness, Wednesday 26 November 2014, 10 am – 1.15 pm, Ness Horizons Business Centre, Kintail House, Beechwood Business Park, Inverness, IV2 3BW.
  • Edinburgh, Monday 1 December 2014, 10 am – 1.15 pm, RYA Scotland, Caledonia House, 1 Redheughs Rigg, South Gyle, Edinburgh, EH12 9DQ.
  • Glasgow, Thursday 4 December, 1 pm – 4.15 pm, 2014, Glasgow, Scottish Development International, 150 Broomielaw, 5 Atlantic Quay, Glasgow, G2 8LU.

Please email to book a place, noting any special dietary or other requirements.

If you have not yet received a copy of the strategy, please download a copy:  ‘Awakening the Giant: A Strategic Plan for Scotland’s Marine Tourism Sector’

If you are not able to attend a workshop, to have your say, write to the addresses in the draft or respond online at:

If you wish any further information, please email

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