MSP celebrates Scottish tourism at Fife holiday parks
Willie Rennie MSP flew the flag for Scotland’s visitor industry this month (23 March) when he took a tour of three top-rated holiday parks near St Andrews in Fife.
Mr Rennie paid his visits during Scottish Tourism Month which is designed to put the spotlight on Scotland’s tourism sector, and its importance to jobs and the country’s economy.
The MSP, who is Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats, spent time at Cairnsmill Holiday Park, Craigtoun Meadows Holiday Park, and St Andrews Holiday Park.
At each of the family-owned businesses, Mr Rennie saw the first-class facilities which help draw thousands of home and overseas visitors to Fife each year.
He also heard how guests’ spending in the area helps to support many other local businesses – such as shops, pubs, restaurants and attractions – and the jobs they sustain.
Mr Rennie heard that an independent economic survey had found that Scotland’s 200-plus holiday parks generate around £700m of visitor spending each year.
This figure accounts for 8% of all the revenue produced by Scotland’s tourism economy, and allows the Scottish park sector to support more than 5,600 full-time equivalent jobs.
Cairnsmill Holiday Park, based in open countryside but just a short walk from the centre of St Andrews, first started welcoming visitors in 1954.
Craigtoun Meadows Holiday Park was developed from farmland in 1972, and is located in picture-postcard surroundings, also a short stroll from St Andrews.
St Andrews Holiday Park sits alongside a sandy bay at Kinkell Braes with spectacular views and guests have an easy walk into the historic town.
The three parks provide fully equipped luxury holiday homes, including holiday caravans and lodges, which can be rented or owned.
There are also pitch facilities at each park for families with touring caravans, motorhomes and tents.
Mr Rennie heard how the parks’ owners continue to invest heavily in guest facilities and services to ensure the best possible experience for guests.
In addition, all have received both regional and national awards for their high quality standards, and their care for the natural environment.