This item was published during the term of a previous administration that ended in April 2007
Glasgow tourism action plan
Glasgow's Tourism Action Plan 2002-2007 was launched today.
Tourism Minister Mike Watson said the city was "a vital cog in the wheel of Scottish tourism" and that the key to future success lay in ensuring the various sectors work together.
The Minister said:
"I do not underestimate the role Glasgow alongside their neighbouring Local Authority partners plays in one of Scotland's biggest industries. Local authorities across Scotland own more than half of the visitor attractions - and Glasgow, one of Scotland's key gateways, has some of our finest.
"Glasgow's hotel, entertainment and retail sectors have expanded enormously in the last few years. Developing and maximising partnerships across sectors of the industry will deliver an improved Scottish tourism product, and Glasgow has a major part to play in that process.
"I welcome the Glasgow Tourism Action Plan and urge all those sectors of the industry to continue to work together to drive up standards within the industry, and enhance Scotland's status within the international and domestic tourism markets".
Tourism is Scotland's biggest business sector, accounting for 8% of employment, although this rises to 18% in the Highlands. Tourism supports nearly 200,000 jobs - one in 11 people employed in Scotland work in the industry - contributing £4 billion per year to the Scottish economy.
For information on the Greater Glasgow & Clyde Valley Tourist Board contact Nancy McLardie, head of Public Relations on 0141 566 4013 or e-mail email@example.com