Businesses urged to cash in on Rosyth cruise visitors
Published 11 Sep 2012 09:20 0 Comments
VISITOR businesses within an hour's travelling distance from cruise ships visiting the Forth and the Tay are invited to a half-day workshop being held at Rosyth on Thursday 20th September.
The event is being organised by the Forth Bridges Cruise Project as part of an ongoing initiative to create more opportunities for local businesses to engage with the many thousands of passengers and crew who visit the east of Scotland each cruise season.
In 2013 around 80 cruise ships will visit the Forth, bringing around 50000 visitors.
Tour operators are keen to identify activities and destinations which will attract visitors while their ship is in port, whether it be in Leith, Rosyth , or anchored off South Queensferry
Peter Wilson, project leader, said, "During the 2012 season, efforts have been made to provide a warm welcome to arriving passengers, particularly at Rosyth and South Queensferry.
"However, it is clear that the visitor business community does not fully recognise the potential that exists.
"While there will always be interest in tours to Edinburgh Castle, Stirling Castle and the Trossachs, many passengers are looking for something different and the tour operators are keen to meet that interest.
"The workshop event is being held to explore and promote these new opportunities."
Businesses wishing to attend should register at email@example.com by Monday 17th September.
The project at Rosyth has been established for two years and is supported by Forth Ports plc, Fife Tourism Partnership, Dunfermline Delivers, South Queensferry Ambition and Fife Chamber of Commerce.
The intiative was originally sponsored by the Dunfermline and West Fife Local Tourism Association.
This article appeared in Dunfermline Press 11 Sep 12