Scottish Tourism Industry gets set to welcome The Tall Ships Races 2011

Fiona Dally, Project Manager of The Tall Ships Races 2011 Lerwick, is speaking today at the Scottish Tourism Forum’s Open Meeting in Glasgow.

Fiona will provide an update on the current preparation for The Tall Ships Races 2011 and highlight the opportunities and resulting benefits that the Races can bring to the tourist industry along the west coast and islands of Scotland.

The Tall Ships Races 2011, presented by Szczecin, organised by Sail Training International, is expected to attract ships and spectators from all over the world to Scotland. During the non-competitive Cruise in Company, where the ships will cruise north from Greenock to Lerwick at their leisure between 12 and 21 July, local communities and visitors will get a chance to see the visiting ships and get involved in planned events in a choice of participating ports. The ships can choose to visit Campbeltown; Port Ellen; Oban; Ullapool; Stornoway; Stromness; Kirkwall; Fair Isle; Scalloway; Yell; Unst; and/or Whalsay.

Speaking at today's conference, Fiona Dally will explain the benefits The Tall Ships Races 2011 will have on local communities in Scotland: "We want to make sure that tourism providers and event organisers in these areas can provide a real welcome to the ships and, in turn, maximise the business opportunities that will come from an increase in visitors to the ports.

"A programme of events – from ceilidhs to beach barbecues – are already in place which will send out a real welcome to both the ships that choose to visit and to the people that want to enjoy the spectacle of the visiting ships.

"This will be a rare opportunity to combine a visit to Scotland's outstanding west coast and islands and – at the same time – get caught up in all the atmosphere and excitement that the visiting ships and programme of events will bring. We hope that tourism providers grasp the opportunity and make the most of the occasion."