HYSLOP WELCOMES SECOND HOMECOMING IN 2014
SNP MSP Fiona Hyslop has today welcomed the news that the Scottish Government has announced a second Homecoming Celebration in 2014.
Homecoming 2014 will take place in the year that Scotland hosts the Commonwealth Games and the Ryder Cup and marks the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn.
Ms Hyslop commented:
“This is fantastic news for West Lothian and Scotland as a whole.
“Last year the people of West Lothian celebrated their roots by holding or attending hundreds of events in across the country, including musical performances in Bathgate and a party at Linlithgow Palace.
“Homecoming 2009 was an excellent way of showcasing our country and attracting tourism from all over the world and I am confident that the next Homecoming Celebrations will be as exciting and as memorable as the first.”
Research by leading economic and social development consultancy EKOS shows that Homecoming Scotland 2009:
* generated #53.7 million in additional tourism revenue for Scotland, exceeding the £44 million target by 22 percent
* attracted 95,000 additional visitors to Scotland
* generated #154 million of positive global media coverage
Homecoming Scotland 2009 aimed to deliver an 8:1 return on the core investment of #5.5 million by generating £44 million of additional tourism revenue for Scotland.
To see the Government press release in full, click here: