MSP queries Homecoming impact on Dundee

26 March 2009

Marlyn Glen is asking Visit Scotland if it is to examine the level of revenues from tourism in Dundee and Angus to see what impact the Homecoming festivities have had upon the number of tourists.

Ms. Glen had already written to Enterprise Minister Jim Mather on the shortage of Homecoming-themed events locally.

She recalled that the objectives of Homecoming 2009 include the a sustainable boost for the local economy through tourism.

She asked the Minister how these objectives can then be sustained for the future with just two Homecoming-themed funded events taking place in Dundee and Angus.

Ms. Glen said that she welcomed news that there will be some more local "partner events"

She commented,

" The difficulty with measuring the success of Homecoming in providing long-term enhancement for the various local economies in Scotland is that many of its planned events already take place annually.

" Added to this is the scarcity of Homecoming-sponsored events locally resulting from highly specific guidelines and priorities on the themes of Golf, Heritage, Whisky, Burns, Great Minds and Innovation.

" I shall be contacting Visit Scotland to see if it is to examine whether or not there have been any increase in revenues for tourism this year in the Dundee and Angus area.

" They are working on an 8-to-1 return on the 5 million that they have invested in Homecoming, and this should result in discernible increases in tourism locally if Homecoming has been a marked success."



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