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To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it will take as part of its efforts to support growth in wildlife tourism to address any increasing risk that operators and visitors can inadvertently disrupt wildlife and their natural habitats. (S2O-3245)
We are keen to support the development of the tourism sector, particularly green tourism and wildlife tourism, and we have been delighted to support that sector in the past few months and years. The new direction of VisitScotland includes a focus on those niche markets to try to maximise the opportunities that arise from them.
On 20 May, the minister kindly offered to report back to me on VisitScotland's plans to produce a brochure to advertise the green tourism business scheme, but, to the best of my knowledge, I have not yet received such a reply. I would be grateful if I received a detailed reply on exactly how the scheme will be promoted and when the booklet will be printed.
I would be happy to pursue that matter on behalf of the member. As I said, we are keen to ensure that we maximise the opportunities with which wildlife tourism presents us. The member will be aware that in North Berwick recently we launched the wildlife Scotland