EXCITING times lie ahead for tourism in East Dunbartonshire, with four new champions determined to make the area a Mecca for visitors.
The East Dunbartonshire Tourism Partnership (EDTP) has appointed four new office bearers – chairman Jimmy Watson, from Huntershill Village; vice-chair Susan Murray, Lennox Valley Connection; treasurer Paul McConnell, Glazert Country House Hotel; and secretary Shona Baird, development officer (tourism), East Dunbartonshire Council.
Mr Watson said: “It is a privilege to be elected as chairman. I worked closely with the partnership in delivering the Thomas Muir Heritage Trail.
“I feel strongly that East Dunbartonshire has huge tourism potential and that this group has an important role to play.
“Our membership is varied and includes small independent retailers through to major employers like Virgin Active and high-profile organisations such as Celtic FC.
“There is room for more members at the table so I’d like to appeal to other interested parties to get involved.
“There are exciting times ahead. I am delighted to be chairing the partnership and working with members to promote our area to a global audience.”
The EDTP is self-funded by annual subscription –suspended this year – and supported in kind by East Dunbartonshire Council’s development and enterprise service.
The new team is looking forward to leading the 50-strong membership to a series of new challenges over the next year.
Convener of the council’s development and infrastructure committee, Councillor Alan Moir said: “Since its launch in 2009, the EDTP has made a huge contribution to developing a brand for the area that can be embraced by both business and community.
“Each year the group delivers four themed festivals which are a great boost for local businesses contributing to the local economy.”
For more information visit www.visiteastdunbartonshirenow.co.uk/ or contact Shona Baird on 0141578 8551.
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