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Tourism

Volume 114: debated on Tuesday 7 April 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list those tourism-related projects in Glasgow for which the Scottish Development Agency has made grants available in each of the last five years; how many jobs have been created in each project; and if he will make a statement.

The Scottish Development Agency has not contributed grant finance to any projects solely related to tourism in Glasgow. However the agency has made finance available to a number of projects in which tourism is one of the benefits to be derived: these include the Glasgow garden festival, the Scottish exhibition and conference centre and several projects funded under the local enterprise grants for urban projects scheme. It is not at present possible to estimate the impact of these projects on tourism employment.

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will estimate the number of overseas tourists visiting Glasgow in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

Information from the international passenger survey is as follows:

Trips
1981160,000
1982180,000
1983220,000
1984200,000
1985260,000

Note: The sample size for Glasgow in the international passenger survey is 600. Thus, variations from year to year may be due [o sampling errors rather than any real change in visitor numbers.

The regeneration of Glasgow through various action programmes, the opening of the Burrell Collection and the Scottish exhibition and conference centre have provided an impetus to the growth of tourism. A further boost is expected next year when the garden festival will be held in Glasgow and in 1990 when Glasgow is the European city of culture.

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many jobs were created in tourism in Glasgow for each of the last five years; and if' he will make a statement.