Published on: 24 October 2019
British Marine Scotland undertook a survey of British Marine members in Scotland earlier this year. The Summary Report of the responses reveals an optimistic, confident sector, with more than half the respondents experiencing increased business and two thirds of members having development plans they would like to progress over the next five years.
Responses also represent support for the Marine Tourism Strategy, Awakening the Giant, with almost 70% of members saying it highlighted the potential of the sector and strengthened development plans and almost two thirds believing it helped stimulate growth of marine tourism in Scotland. The Marine Tourism Strategy, 2015-2020 has ambitious targets of increasing the overall economic value of the marine tourism sector from £360m to over £450m by 2020.
As we near 2020, this survey response suggests the strategy is a valuable tool and has been successful in generating growth and transforming the profile and recognition of marine tourism. This response has further endorsed plans to refresh the strategy for 2020-25. A draft update of the Marine Tourism Strategy will be launched at the Scottish Marine Tourism and Marine Trades Symposium in November ahead of a consultation period and launch of the updated strategy in Spring 2020.
The member survey was undertaken to help British Marine Scotland Board members better understand member priorities in preparation for a refresh of the British Marine Scotland business plan. The responses have highlighted priority areas for development including an ongoing focus on training, skills and careers within the sector. In response to earlier concerns from boatbuilders, British Marine Scotland, along with partners and employers, worked to develop Boatbuilding and Repair training in Scotland which is now available from Argyll College UHI. Following responses in this latest survey, focus will now turn to the need for Marina and Boatyard training and British Marine Scotland has already invited partners and employers to an initial meeting to progress this further.
British Marine Scotland joint Chairmen, Simon Limb and Martin Latimer, are delighted with the response to the member survey and would like to express thanks to all who took part. They said: “We fully appreciate members taking the time to feedback views. This feedback is vital to assist British Marine and British Marine Scotland act on behalf of members and represent the sector. We will now review and realign the business plan with current member priorities and progress development of the updated Marine Tourism Strategy in partnership with industry bodies and stakeholders.”
British Marine members can download the summary report here.
Find out more about the Marine Tourism Strategy here.
Book RYA Scotland's Marine Trade and Marine Tourism Symposium 2019 here.