Tay Cities Deal Culture Visits06/04/18
A pair of proposed culture and tourism projects forming part of the Tay Cities Deal bid have played host to the area’s leading councillors.
Elected members from Angus, Dundee, Fife and Perth & Kinross councils saw for themselves the opportunities on offer at Frigate Unicorn as part of the Dundee Maritime Museum and at Discovery Point.
The two schemes are among more than 50 projects included in a submission document to bring an employment boost through a number of key sectors including culture and tourism.
Cllr John Alexander leader of Dundee City Council said: “Our cultural offering plays a central role in delivering the commitment to reducing unemployment and becoming a vibrant and attractive city with an excellent quality of life where people choose to live, learn, work and visit
“According to the most recent figures tourism was worth more than £150m to the Dundee economy alone and these projects highlight the importance of getting our cultural and tourism offering right.”
Cllr Bob Myles Angus Council leader said: “Tourism and leisure play a vital role in the economy and vitality of communities throughout the Tay Cities Region.
“There is little doubt that tourism brings a great deal to Angus and the wider area, as we will see this summer when Carnoustie hosts the 147th Open Championship and welcomes in a global audience.
“Visits such as today’s highlight to me just how much we all have much to offer in respect of a high quality and distinct visitor experience – an offering that will be greatly enhanced by working closely together to ensure the Tay Cities Deal can realise our full potential.”
Cllr Karen Marjoram, Fife Council, said: “Fife is working closely with Dundee, Angus and Perth and Kinross to develop a collaborative approach to tourism. Fife has a thriving tourism industry and the Tay Cities Deal seeks to further boost this key sector by investing in new and existing cultural assets.
“New tourism assets being supported through the Tay Cities Deal include the Tay Adventure project, designed to connect all four areas via a water taxi service and bring the Firth of Tay to life with additional vessels in the summer months. Tay Adventure will also see better and more innovative use of the Tay as a tourism asset through the development of new marine tourism facilities at Newburgh, Tayport and St Andrews.”
Perth & Kinross Council leader Cllr Murray Lyle said: “Culture is vital to communities as it signifies the way they see themselves. We are working with our partners in Angus, Fife and Dundee to promote tourism in our collective area through the Tay Cities Deal which has the aim of boosting the local economy by attracting more visitors. Through these increased visitor numbers new jobs will be created."
The leaders were hosted at Unicorn by Billy Bell who is leading the Maritime Museum Project and at Discovery Point by Paul Jennings executive director, Dundee Industrial Heritage Ltd.
The Tay Cities Deal is a partnership between local, Scottish and UK governments and the private, academic and voluntary sectors which seeks to create a smarter and fairer Angus, Dundee, Fife and Perth & Kinross.
In total, the Tay Cities Deal will attract planned investment of more than £1bn over 10 years.
These projects have the potential to deliver as many as 15,000 job opportunities across the region. www.taycities.co.uk