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​Calls for a new ferry route between Scotland and Scandinavia

A new ferry route between Scotland and Scandinavia would boost tourism and exports in the face of Brexit, it has been claimed. 

Campaigners want to create a new link across the North Sea in a bid to help stimulate the economy and tap into a lucrative holiday market. 

It comes after the UK’s only remaining ferry service to Scandinavia – travelling between Essex and Esbjerg in Denmark – closed in 2014 after nearly 140 years in operation. 

SNP MSP Angus MacDonald is now calling on ferry operators to get round the table with the Scottish Government to help make a new route happen. 

He wants to reintroduce the potentially lucrative service from a Scottish port – with the potential for growing exports to Scandinavia as well as supporting tourism. 

He said: “There is great demand on both sides of the North Sea for a direct passenger ferry link between the UK and Scandinavia – and this represents a great opportunity for Scotland. 

“Whether we can secure a route between Aberdeen, Rosyth or elsewhere and one of the fantastic Scandinavian destinations is of course up to the ferry operators – but it would be a significant boon for our economy if we can bring the service back. 

“The full implications of the Tories’ extreme Brexit are yet to be known – but given how they have handled the process so far, we can only guess that they will provide our tourism sector with unnecessary challenges.

“In this context, it is vital that we develop and maintain strong connections with the rest of Europe in order to keep enticing tourists to Scotland – and the economic benefit of increasing visitor numbers from some of the world’s wealthiest nations is clear, with Scandinavian tourists spending nearly £8.5 billion in the UK between 2011 and 2016. 

“And it is not only tourism that could benefit, but our whole economy – a potential passenger/cargo ferry could have the twin effect of increasing tourist numbers as well as growing our exports across the North Sea. 

“In this context, it is vital that we develop and maintain strong connections with the rest of Europe in order to keep enticing tourists to Scotland – and the economic benefit of increasing visitor numbers from some of the world’s wealthiest nations is clear, with Scandinavian tourists spending nearly £8.5 billion in the UK between 2011 and 2016. 

“And it is not only tourism that could benefit, but our whole economy – a potential passenger/cargo ferry could have the twin effect of increasing tourist numbers as well as growing our exports across the North Sea. 

Last Modified: Thursday 04 January 2018 10:38
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