Scotland could receive a major economic boost by marketing itself as a destination for LGBT tourists, Kezia Dugdale said today.
Speaking in the Scottish Parliament, Ms Dugdale challenged SNP ministers to ‘tell the world’ that Scotland is an open and inclusive destination for LGBT visitors.
She highlighted the economic impact of local Pride events, with a record-breaking number of events set to be staged this year – including new festivals in East Lothian and Fife. Marketing these events to visitors from across the UK and further afield could deliver a significant boost for local businesses in Scotland’s cities and towns.
Speaking after raising the issue during culture, tourism and external affairs questions in the Scottish Parliament, Lothian Labour MSP Kezia Dugdale said:
“Pride events can help change attitudes towards LGBT people, as well as helping to increase local tourism and boost local economies.
“This year is going to be a record year for Pride events in Scotland, and that is something to celebrate as we strive for greater equality.
“But as well as being great for visibility and empowerment, these events are also good for local economies.
“We can be rightly proud of our record on LGBT rights in Scotland, and I have asked ministers to reflect on whether we do enough to tell the world about that.”
Forthcoming Pride events in Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Kirkcaldy, Glasgow, Livingston, Cockenzie, Dumfries, Dundee and Perth: https://pinksaltire.com/pride-dates/