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CLIA and Fred Olsen host Scottish politicians to showcase value of cruise

CLIA, Fred Olsen Scotland


CLIA and Fred Olsen Cruise Lines hosted a delegation of Scottish politicians on a visit on Balmoral to highlight the benefits of cruise to Scotland.

The visit, in partnership with the cross-party group for maritime and shipbuilding from the Scottish Parliament, included a group of members of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) receiving a tour of  Balmoral in Rosyth, Edinburgh.

The MSPs met with representatives of CLIA and Fred Olsen and discussed the work of the industry to bring tourism to Scotland.

The visit also marked an “opportunity to discuss the work that the cruise industry is doing as part of its pursuit of net zero by 2050”, a statement said.

CLIA UK & Ireland MD Andy Harmer said: “The economic impact of cruise can be seen across the UK, and it was a pleasure to meet with MSPs on the Balmoral to highlight how our industry benefits Scotland.

“Scotland is an extremely attractive country to visit due to the diversity of the country, its vibrant cities and its natural beauty.

“Cruise passengers often visit parts of the country that are rarely reached by other tourists, and it was a pleasure to meet with the MSPs to discuss the benefits that this brings to Scotland.”

Cruise ‘vital’ to Scotland

Chair of the cross-party group for maritime and shipbuilding Paul Sweeney MSP added: “The cruise industry has played a vital role in bringing tourists to Scotland for decades and its fast growth in recent years has cemented it as a key part of Scotland’s tourism economy.

“During the visit we discussed a number of ways in which we could deepen the value of the cruise supply chain in Scotland, from improving port facilities with green shore-side power, to winning more cruise ship refit and conversion work, promoting Glasgow as a world-leading centre of crew training for cruise lines, and using the marine engineering research base of our universities for the development of zero-emission ship propulsion systems.”

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