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Rosyth is cruise ship hot-spot

Cruises bring thousands of tourists to Dunfermline and West Fife

Date : 14/08/2015

Local businesses in west Fife are expected to benefit from an increase in international visitors as Rosyth welcomes the arrival of cruise ships this August.

Approximately 1,000 passengers will arrive on cruise liners Albatros, MV Astor, Ocean Princess and Artania, a German ship originally named by Diana, Princess of Wales, bringing opportunities for local tourism businesses.

The ships will be welcomed by the volunteers of the Forth Bridges’ Tourist Group, who aim to promote local attractions, give visitor information and provide a hospitable welcome.

Project Manager for Cruise Forth, Peter Wilson said “We are in for a very busy month, with cruise ships bringing up to 1,000 passengers to the port on each visit. In the last three years we have seen over 3,000 passengers take advantage of the Council funded courtesy bus to Dunfermline. It is increasingly becoming known as a ‘must see’ opportunity for cruise passengers. We have been working with local businesses to ensure that Rosyth and Dunfermline can give the warmest welcome to these visitors.”

Robert Mason, Head of Cruise for Forth Ports in Scotland explained “The arrival by ships on ‘transit’ calls continues throughout the summer with a total of a further 21 visits. Forth Ports is committed to promoting Rosyth as a successful cruise port, which can only bring benefits for the local economy. Cruise passengers visiting the busy Port of Rosyth are assured a very warm welcome and we know how much this is appreciated by them. The port offers them easy access to the attractions of Fife and Forth Ports is pleased to support local tourism in this way."

Councillor Lesley Laird, Deputy Leader of Fife Council & Spokesperson for Economy & Planning said, "The increasing number of cruise ships visiting Rosyth is another example of the growth of tourism in Fife. This project is a good example of partnership and team work in action in Fife. The work of the local volunteer welcome team in promoting local opportunities to visitors, and the funding provided by Fife Council for the Courtesy Bus to Dunfermline can only reinforce our commitment to increasing visitor numbers and investing in the tourism economy."

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