Tourism on Arran (Ferry Services)

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 25th April 2019.

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Photo of Neil Bibby Neil Bibby Labour

Is the cabinet secretary aware of reports from the Arran ferry committee that the number of cancelled crossings has doubled over the past year? In a damning report, the committee states that the current service

“promotes frustration, confusion, low confidence and reputational damage, threatening the current and future sustainability of our island.”

That disruption affects many aspects of island life, including Arran’s tourism industry. Given that the only way that tourists can get to Arran is by ferry, will the cabinet secretary ensure that the concerns are acted on and that confidence is restored in a ferry service that is of such central importance to the island’s tourism industry?