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Scottish Parliament written answers — Union of the Crowns: Union of the Crowns (26 Feb 2003)

Mike Watson: A wide range of events is proposed across Scotland to commemorate the Union of the Crowns anniversary, which we believe will be of interest to all of Scotland’s people. The Scottish Executive has provided the following translation: Thathar am beachd raon fharsaing de thachartasan a chur air adhart air feadh na h-Alba gus ceann bliadhna Aonadh nan Crùn a chomharrachadh agus tha sinn am...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Tourism: Tourism (24 Feb 2003)

Mike Watson: This is an operational matter for VisitScotland.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Tourism: Tourism (24 Feb 2003)

Mike Watson: Commercial names on Thistle tourism signs are now being widely used to indicate the type of tourist accommodation or attraction being signposted. Only accommodation and other tourist facilities which are accredited under the VisitScotland Quality Assurance scheme can be signposted in this way; the VisitScotland Thistle logo is used to denote this.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Tourism: Tourism (24 Feb 2003)

Mike Watson: The information requested is not available for each month. Complete statistical information on tourism in 2002 should be available early in April.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Union of the Crowns: Union of the Crowns (21 Feb 2003)

Mike Watson: The advisory group is considering plans for a range of events, and an announcement will be made in due course.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Union of the Crowns: Union of the Crowns (21 Feb 2003)

Mike Watson: The programme of events planned to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the Union of the Crowns is not yet finalised, but we anticipate that the Scottish Executive will provide some funding from its Major Events budget.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Union of the Crowns: Union of the Crowns (21 Feb 2003)

Mike Watson: Scotland’s unique heritage is a proven attraction for visitors to this country, and the 400th anniversary of the Union of the Crowns is a significant date in Scotland’s rich cultural and political history. We expect that the wide range of events planned to commemorate the Union will attract more people to experience Scotland for themselves.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Union of the Crowns: Union of the Crowns (21 Feb 2003)

Mike Watson: There is no target for the number of additional tourists that will be attracted to Scotland as a result of the events to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Union of the Crowns.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Union of the Crowns: Union of the Crowns (21 Feb 2003)

Mike Watson: The advisory group is considering plans for a range of events, and an announcement will be made in due course.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Union of the Crowns: Union of the Crowns (21 Feb 2003)

Mike Watson: Events to commemorate the Union of the Crowns will be promoted by VisitScotland, area tourist boards and Historic Scotland as appropriate.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Union of the Crowns: Union of the Crowns (21 Feb 2003)

Mike Watson: No fees are being paid to members of the advisory group, which consists of senior representatives of those organisations known to be involved in events to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the Union of the Crowns. I invited the members of the group to participate, and they will report to the First Minister and me through the Executive. Because of the short-term nature of the group and its...

Scottish Parliament written answers — General Agreement on Trade in Services: General Agreement on Trade in Services (19 Feb 2003)

Mike Watson: Audio-visual services have a vital role in all aspects of our lives. Currently there are no EU commitments in this particular sector, and the Commission has proposed excluding commitments in the audio visual sector in the draft order it has now submitted to the Council and the European Parliament.

Scottish Parliament: Tourism (13 Feb 2003)

Mike Watson: Further to that point, Presiding Officer—

Scottish Parliament: Tourism (13 Feb 2003)

Mike Watson: I do. I will provide some clarification, because, in their anxiety, Scottish National Party members have not listened to what I said. I will quote two important passages on the issue from my speech: "We are now close to final decisions on the outcome of the review." All right? "So the new structure will be finalised"— I point out to Mr Wilson that I said "will be finalised"— "but an...

Scottish Parliament: Tourism (13 Feb 2003)

Mike Watson: It was not—

Scottish Parliament: Tourism (13 Feb 2003)

Mike Watson: I find those remarks surprising. Surely the quality of tourism in Scotland must be regulated in some way, so that people know when they walk through the door what standards they can expect of the hotel, restaurant or whatever. Surely that is part of VisitScotland's role, notwithstanding the fact that other bodies will do it as well. Regulation is a central part of developing tourism in...

Scottish Parliament: Tourism (13 Feb 2003)

Mike Watson: I should like to thank the Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee for the opportunity to speak on its report. I am glad that the committee chose Scotland's biggest business sector as suitable for an in-depth inquiry. When the committee began its work last year, tourism in Scotland was still suffering from the aftermath of foot-and-mouth and the other tragic events of 2001. Although the...

Scottish Parliament: Tourism (13 Feb 2003)

Mike Watson: Indeed. Although it is important to market Scotland as a whole, many areas within the country can be marketed on the strength of their unique attractions. The far north of Scotland—including Caithness and Sutherland, which I am sure Jamie Stone has particularly in mind—is part of that marketing strategy. The Highlands of Scotland Tourist Board markets the area very effectively. I am sure...

Scottish Parliament: Tourism (13 Feb 2003)

Mike Watson: Not at the moment. The First Minister announced that fund specifically because we wish to increase the number of direct routes into Scotland and therefore the benefits of tourism. VisitScotland is working closely with the Executive on that issue and I expect that some announcements will soon be made on important new direct air links to Scotland.

Scottish Parliament: Tourism (13 Feb 2003)

Mike Watson: I notice the report's specific comments about the public-private partnership aspects of the matter, and I will be having discussions with Lewis Macdonald as the minister with responsibility for transport, and other colleagues in the enterprise and lifelong learning department, to find out what can be done about the situation. However, contracts have already been entered into, which might have...


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