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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5O-01371: Dean Lockhart (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 18 October 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with VisitScotland regarding reported plans to close a number of tourist information centres.

Answered by: Alasdair Allan 26 October 2017

VisitScotland’s new, two–year strategy, announced on 12th October, will see a significant increase in the number of ways that our visitors will be able to access information on places to visit and stay, with a mix of industry partners and digital products sitting alongside 26 key VisitScotland iCentres in busy locations. This follows a 58% reduction in footfall to VisitScotland Information Centres across Scotland in the past decade.

Although the deployment of VisitScotland resources is an operational issue for VisitScotland and their Board, the Scottish Government maintains regular contact with the organisation and understand that VisitScotland are actively working with the industry. Visit Scotland has already established 1,500 new local partnerships right across Scotland to ensure that information provision is available, and in the innovative and adaptable formats that we know visitors are looking for.