Glasgow Labour MSP Anne McTaggart has paid tribute to the people of Glasgow at the end of what has been a fantastic year for tourism in the city.
Ms McTaggart was speaking during Fergus Ewing MSPs Members Business Debate at the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday 2nd 2014.
2014 saw both the Commonwealth Games and the MTV Europe music awards come to Glasgow, as well as the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles. Guests visiting for the Games spent a total of £282 million, which went directly into not only Glasgow’s economy but all of Scotland’s economy. In addition, one visitor in 10 intended to combine visiting the games with an extended trip throughout Scotland afterwards. More than 250,000 people came watched the Ryder Cup, comprising people from more than 75 countries.
Ms McTaggart said “I was pleased to be able to contribute to this debate which highlighted the increasing role of tourism as a means of benefiting business and the economy in Scotland.
But working to help our tourism industry goes far beyond economic gains for the cities of Scotland; it also directly benefits the people of Scotland by creating jobs and putting money into the businesses that are essential to the average person.
When a place such as Glasgow hosts a major event, the money that comes into the city goes to a diverse range of businesses, from the construction company that builds the new facilities to the pub that attendees go to after a long day. Bearing in mind the benefits that come from tourism to our national economy and to the wallet of the average Scottish person, we must move into 2015 with the same determination that brought the massive success of 2014.”
Read Ms McTaggart’s speech here.