Holyrood praise for Moray’s growing tourism popularity

Findhorn Bay Festival credited as a reason for Moray's increased popularity as a holiday destination.
Findhorn Bay Festival credited as one reason for Moray’s increased popularity as a holiday destination.

A NORTH MSP has welcomed figures reported exclusively by insideMoray that demonstrate the success of efforts to attract more Tourism to Moray.

Yesterday we revealed that online holiday accommodation booking company holidaylettings.co.uk – part of the TripAdvisor tourism network – had recorded massively increased booking enquiries for Forres and Burghead.

These included well over double the enquiries for Forres, while the coastal town saw a one-third increase – in both cases based on booking enquiries since January.

Now Highlands and Islands (including Moray) MSP David Stewart has tabled a motion at the Scottish Parliament recognising that the increased interest had placed both towns in Scotland’s top 10 – in the case of Forres at No.2.

Mr Stewart said: “I am delighted to learn that so many people want to visit these two locations in particular and I can only assume that events such as Piping at Forres, The Findhorn Bay Festival, Forres Heritage, Forres in Bloom, The Burghead Visitor Centre, Roseisle Beach and the many other events organised locally are the events and attractions that draw people to these areas.

“However, what has to be remembered is that in order to make these type of events or attractions successful, it takes the hard work and endeavour of many local people, the majority of whom are volunteers.

“It is a credit to those individuals that their home town and village have become places that people want to live, work and visit.”

Figures previously produced from the same source has shown the increase in interest in other parts of Moray, most notably Lossiemouth which the site recorded as one of the most popular seaside destinations in the UK.

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