NC500 boosts north Highland economy by £22m
A new report has found that the North Coast 500 road trip has boosted the north Highland economy by ore than £22 million over 12 months.
The study, conducted by the Moffat Centre for Travel and Tourism Business Development at Glasgow Caledonian University, found that the NC500 generated more than £22.89m in gross value added throughout 2018.
The study also found that the route had created 180 full-time equivalent jobs in the north Highlands within the same period.
Commenting Mr Stone said:
“The NC500 has provided a brilliant boost to the Far North, benefitting local hotels and businesses, creating jobs and showcasing the beautiful part of the world we live in.
“This report shows that the NC500 has been enormously successful in signposting tourism throughout the Far North. Tourism is thriving and businesses in the area are growing in confidence to invest in their enterprises.
“However, this report is also a warning. The significant growth we are seeing must be well managed and not be at the expense of local communities.
“We need to see increased investment from the Scottish Government if the NC500 is to reach its full potential and do so in a sustainable way.
I have previously asked the Scottish Government to increase investment, particularly in the roads, to ensure the NC500 can function well and be enjoyed by as many people as possible.
“I hope that this report will be a wake up call to the SNP and they will see the benefits that come from investing in the Far North.”