Tourism (Dundee)

– in the Scottish Parliament on 9th September 2020.

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Photo of Shona Robison Shona Robison Scottish National Party

4. To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to support Dundee and its tourism sector to ensure that the city can safely welcome back visitors. (S5O-04568)

Photo of Mairi Gougeon Mairi Gougeon Scottish National Party

Dundee has featured in each phase of VisitScotland’s strategic marketing recovery activity, and Dundee’s tourism businesses have also benefited from our wide range of financial and other support.

Looking ahead, VisitScotland will continue to work with partners in the city through the Dundee tourism leadership group and other fora to support the recovery of the sector. That will involve sharing insights, ensuring that the city is represented in their own activities and supporting business support and development opportunities.

Photo of Shona Robison Shona Robison Scottish National Party

Will the minister join me in paying tribute to V&A Dundee, which is leading a campaign to raise £1 million to aid the city’s economic recovery from Covid-19? The campaign has already received sizeable donations of £500,000 from the Northwood Charitable Trust and £200,000 from donors including Alasdair Locke and Tim Allan, who chairs V&A Dundee.

Will the minister welcome the campaign, but also say what further support the Scottish Government can give visitor attractions such as the V&A, Discovery Point and others in the city?

Photo of Mairi Gougeon Mairi Gougeon Scottish National Party

Absolutely—I join Shona Robison in paying tribute to V&A Dundee and I welcome the willingness of the V&A, the Northwood Charitable Trust and all the other organisations that have been involved in establishing that excellent initiative in Dundee. It is a fantastic example of how different institutions and charities can come together to try to find innovative solutions for recovery. I really hope that people and businesses in Dundee will get behind the campaign.

The Scottish Government is committed to doing all that we can to help our world-class culture sector in what are very challenging and uncertain times. We have provided significant support to cultural organisations across Scotland, including in Dundee. The latest £59 million funding package, which we announced on 28 August, will protect elements of our critical cultural infrastructure by helping organisations to stave off insolvency, protect jobs and create the best possible conditions for recovery.