MSPs want rural areas to benefit from big events

Murdo Fraser fears the focus is too often on urban areas
Murdo Fraser fears the focus is too often on urban areas
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PLANS setting out how tourism across Scotland will benefit from high-profile events such as the Commonwealth Games must be delivered now, the convener of a Holyrood committee has said.

MSPs on the economy, energy and tourism committee raised concerns that rural areas may not receive any benefit from the Games, which are taking place in Glasgow in 2014.

They also said more information was needed about what would be done to attract visitors to Scotland after 2014.

Committee members examined the “winning years” strategy – which aims to help the Scottish tourist industry capitalise on high-profile events between 2012 and 2014 such as the Olympics, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the Glasgow Commonwealth Games and the Ryder Cup coming to Scotland in 2014.

In their report, MSPs highlighted fears that the “winning years” strategy is “focused more on urban areas and large high-profile events, and that rural areas might not benefit equally from the strategy”.

Committee convener Murdo Fraser said the tourism sector had welcomed the “campaign to capitalise on these big-ticket events like the Commonwealth Games and Ryder Cup in 2014”.