Tourism Boost

Dunfermline and West Fife Local Tourist Association are progressing with an innovative idea that they say could boost the Fife economy by £1.1 to £2.25 million p.a..

Approximately 15,000 cruise passengers are due to arrive in Rosyth this year, each spending around £75 to £150 during their stay in Scotland. Figures suggest that a third have no trips planned — yet they find little information about local tourist attractions on their arrival.

Instead, volunteers are to provide a friendly shipside welcome, while informing passengers about the many sites and amenities in our historic kingdom. Now, visitors can get the most out of their stay and return home with positive stories about Dunfermline and Fife to share with their friends and family.

The idea is a very simple one, as many of the best are. It is great to see people contributing to the community in this way, and I wish the welcoming committees success.

The above was originally written for Bill’s Dunfermline Press column. This version may vary slightly.

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