News release Immediate release 02/12/10
Highlands and Islands SNP MSP Rob Gibson has welcomed a report which predicts that visitors to Caithness and Sutherland could grow by 30% over the next 10 years.
The HIE report looked into current and future leisure and business demand to help accommodation providers in the area plan for growth.
It took into account the impact of the decommissioning of Dounreay, the growth of renewables for business tourism, the redevelopment of John O'Groats and the expected increase of
domestic and international visitors.
"This is an encouraging report for Caithness and Sutherland. The future that the renewables revolution offers a great opportunity for all sectors and that includes accommodation for
"I believe that Caithness and Sutherland will have a bright future. However great credit is due to the promotion of the area as a tourist destination, such innovations as the Wick Marina, and actions by North Highland Tourism are making a real and positive difference, as will the redevelopment of John O' Groats."
"Caithness and Sutherland do have an exciting future which I am convinced will see more people not only visiting the area but also work and live in it. This report shows the potential,
Caithness and North Sutherland are not just the jumping off points for Orkney, there is a wealth of history and attractions worth investigating by visitors."
"‘Staycations’ are likely to continue according to Visit Scotland, so a visit north should be a definite destination for far more Scots."