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Tourism (Orkney)

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 20th November 2019.

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Photo of Liam McArthur Liam McArthur Liberal Democrat

I very much welcome both the Arctic initiative to which the cabinet secretary referred and the support that the Scottish Government is giving it.

Although the tourism sector in Orkney has enjoyed strong growth in recent years, Destination Orkney, which will hold its annual summit in Kirkwall tomorrow, has highlighted the challenge that local tourism businesses face as a result of the Orkney Islands’ continued lack of access to the cheaper ferry fares that are available to communities on the west coast. Will the cabinet secretary reinforce with her Cabinet colleagues the need for road equivalent tariff to be introduced on Orkney’s ferry routes as soon as possible?