Bruce Crawford MSP, convener of the Cross Party Group (CPG) on Tourism in the Scottish Parliament, chaired the recent meeting where special guest speakers included Fiona Hyslop, the Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs.


The meeting, which took place on Thursday (15 Feb) focussed on 2018 as the Scottish Government’s Year of Young People.


Year of Young People 2018 is led by the Scottish Government, working in collaboration with a core group of delivery partners including VisitScotland, EventScotland, Young Scot, Children in Scotland, Scottish Youth Parliament, Creative Scotland and YouthLink Scotland.


Commenting, Bruce Crawford said:


“The Year of Young People is an important occasion where we, not only recognise the contribution that young people make to our communities and society, but also how we can unlock the potential of further contribution.


“Having chaired a few meetings of the Tourism CPG now, it’s clear to see that young people have a vision for Scotland and how we present ourselves to the world. With young people working closely with VisitScotland and a number of other organisations to bring together events that celebrate our country and its younger generations, it is clear that the tourism industry has a future in youth.


“From engaging young people in up to date methods of social media activity to concerts and arts events, the Year of the Young People is opening up conversations about our inspiring new generations.


“I am delighted that the Cabinet Secretary was able to join in on the discussions at the CPG last week and look forward to working with the Scottish Government and other organisations on this over the coming months.”