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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-12557: Gillian Martin (Aberdeenshire East)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 9 November 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what estimate it has made of how many additional people might visit the area because of the North East 250 route, and how it will ensure that the existing tourist sites have the necessary infrastructure and capacity to accommodate any increase in footfall.

Answered by: Fiona Hyslop 21 November 2017

The recently launched North East 250 is a privately led initiative which aims to boost tourism in Moray and Aberdeenshire, and we would expect that the organisation behind it will actively monitor the impact that the development may bring to businesses and communities along the route.

While neither the Scottish Government nor its bodies were involved in its development, we would encourage engagement to ensure that public sector expertise can help ensure that the maximum economic opportunities are obtained for the area.