ANGUS South MSP Graeme Dey is urging leisure operators in his constituency to take advantage of the tourist boom following the opening of the V&A at Dundee museum in 2015.
The ambitious £45 million project, which has captured the imagination of Dundee residents, will house a rich and diverse selection of design exhibitions.
Hundreds of thousands of visitors are expected to flock to the Waterfront attraction every year spelling good news to businesses in the city and elsewhere in Tayside.
The SNP MSP is keen for leisure enterprises in Angus not to miss out on the rare opportunity and is calling on them to start preparing.
He commented: “This is a once in a generation opportunity. The V&A will be a huge draw not just to people within these islands but internationally.
“I encourage leisure operators in my constituency and farther afield to take advantage.
“It is a chance to showcase some of our finest attractions, including Arbroath Abbey and Glamis Castle, to a new audience. But it will also bring financial benefits to local hotels, restaurants and tourist spots.”
He went on: “We should all be thinking of ways to capitalise on this and businesses should be making sure they can cope with the influx of visitors.
“I have already been in contact with VisitScotland in the last year to discuss this matter.”
Mr Dey’s comments follow those made by Scotland’s Finance Secretary John Swinney who said the V&A at Dundee would not only increase the number of visitors to the city but also have a profound effect on the wider region.
V&A at Dundee will be funded by a mix of grants from the Scottish government and other statutory bodies (e.g. Lottery Funds, European Funds) and by donations from private sources.
The Scottish government has already committed £15 million to the project and discussions are taking place with the other funding bodies.
A campaign board has also been recruited to aid private fund-raising from individuals, trusts and companies.
The building is being designed by a team led by architects Kengo Kuma & Associates. More information on the project can be found at http://vandaatdundee.com/your-future/