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26 March 2009

Barrett calls for capital tourism boost

John Barrett, Liberal Democrat MP for Edinburgh West, today called on the Government to do more to support tourism in Edinburgh after visiting Murrayfield Rugby Stadium as part of National Tourism Week (23rd – 29th March).

John met with the SRU’s Director of Communications and Public Affairs, Dominic McKay, Edinburgh Rugby’s Chief Executive, Nic Cartwright and Scotland prop Alan Jacobsen to hear what more could be done to raise Scottish rugby’s profile and attract more tourists to the city.

Tourism supports around 30,000 jobs across the capital and is worth an estimated £1.6bn to the economy. A new Tourist body for Edinburgh will be established from April 1st. Mr Barrett is calling on the new organisation to make the most of the untapped potential for tourism in the city.

John Barrett said:

“Edinburgh is as great a place to visit as it is to live – however there are still so many overlooked tourism gems.

“My own constituency includes Edinburgh Zoo and Murrayfield Stadium, not to mention the Edinburgh International Climbing Arena at Ratho. These are top level tourist attractions that we need to do a better job of shouting about.

“Murrayfield stadium attracts hundreds of thousand of visitors to the city every year, however too often they do not get the support they need from the Government in order to maximise their potential.

“I look forward to working with Edinburgh’s new tourist body to ensure that the city makes the best use of facilities like Murrayfield stadium that are a credit to the city and make it such an attractive place to visit.”

 

Notes

The third annual British Tourism Week (BTW) takes place this week.

John Barrett MP with Edinburgh Rugby's Chief Executive, Nic Cartwright and Scotland prop Alan Jacobsen

John Barrett MP with Edinburgh Rugby's Chief Executive, Nic Cartwright and Scotland prop Alan Jacobsen

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