Scottish parks welcome minister at annual summit

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Scottish tor momentum in 2017.

The minister was the chief guest speaker at the annual conference of the British Holiday & Home Parks Association (Scotland) held at the city’s Our Dynamic Earth.

Fiona Hyslop addresses Scottish conference delegates
Fiona Hyslop addresses conference delegates

Owners and managers of many of Scotland’s 200-plus park businesses were meeting at the end of what was generally regarded as a highly successful year for their sector.

Fiona Hyslop, who is cabinet secretary for culture, to conference by Aberdeen park owner Colin Fraser who is chairman of BH&HPA (Scotland).

Mr Fraser tor spending each year in Scotland.

This figure, he said, accounts for 8% of all the revenue produced by Scotland’s to support more than 5,600 full-time equivalent jobs.

In her address tor income and sustaining employment:

“The holiday homes secto support our rural economies,” said Fiona Hyslop.

BH&HPA chairman Henry Wild
BH&HPA chairman and park owner Henry Wild

“The last VisitScotland accommodation survey shows that there were over three million bed nights from domestic visitors.

“Those bed nights were right across Scotland, and spent within a wide range of accommodation types including holiday homes, touring and camping,” she added.

Fiona Hyslop was speaking at the start of the park conference’s busy day-long agenda which also included talks from a range of tourism and other industry specialists.

Delegates heard from VisitScotland senior tourism insight manager Chris Greenwood whose department has just completed a survey of how Scottish parks fared during the 2016 holiday season.

Although the results had yet to develop.

Other speakers addressed a range of matters from consumer rights and employment law tors from the UK and overseas.

Break-out time for discussions and exhibition viewing
Break-out time for discussions and exhibition viewing

Directo help frame UK and EU laws and regulations affecting park businesses.

National BH&HPA chairman Henry Wild also gave his perspective as a holiday park owner on how the association helps its members develop their businesses and meet customer expectations.

Closing the conference, Colin Fraser said the industry was delighted with the support it receives from the Scottish Government, and thanked tourism minister Fiona Hyslop for her attendance.

Beside the Scottish Parliament at the foot of Arthur's Seat, Dynamic Earth is a major Edinburgh conference venue
Beside the Scottish Parliament at the foot of Arthur’s Seat, Dynamic Earth is a major Edinburgh conference venue