LISTEN: Barrie Robertson explains what this investment will mean for the community
Tummel’s Tay Valley holiday resort will see an extra £150,000 invested into the holiday resort ahead of the 2021 tourist season.
The resort welcomed 14,000 visitors in the past year to the river side retreat which plays apart in the local hospitality, accommodation and outdoors sector.
Parkdean Resorts, who run the center, say they want to spend this money on growing the number of people working on the site.
Operations director, Barrie Robertson, said: “We’re investing over one point four million pounds in Scotland, and that specifically looks at improving our accommodations, our facilities, our venues and the actives that we have available for our owners and guests as they have a holiday in what is undoubtably a beautiful part of the world.”
Employment is a large part of the push out of the pandemic for the team running their resorts around Scotland.
Mr. Robertson added: “We employ around six hundred and fifty people seasonally in Scotland, in addition to our established members of our team.
“So, we’re brining lots and lots of guests and visitors to Scotland, specifically the Highlands; they’re very popular.
“But our holiday parks employ people that live in the communities, and importantly we support the local business infrastructure as well. So, the butcher, the baker, the fish monger, we all try and source our products from the local community too.
“So now our parks are open, and often our parks are often the biggest businesses in their localities, we’re able to start spending money in supporting that local economy too.”
Now the park is opening up to tourists with COVID safety at the forefront of the nation’s conscious after a year and some more under lockdown.
Steve Richards, Chief Executive of Parkdean Resorts, continued: “Despite the most challenging of years, we’re continuing to invest in our parks, creating an even better experience for holidaymakers and holiday home owners in 2021. With industry-leading COVID-safe standards, we’re looking forward to welcoming people back safely, to enjoy everything our parks, and the surrounding areas, have to offer. We know how reliant the local economy is on tourism, and we’re confident that we can help the region recover by welcoming holidaymakers to enjoy a well-deserved staycation in Scotland.”