VisitScotland Chief Executive, Malcolm Roughead, said: “Today’s announcement that Paisley has been shortlisted by DCMS for the 2021 UK City of Culture is fantastic news for both the town and for Scotland. This is a highly competitive process and to have made it this far is testament to the hard work and dedication of the team to showcase the town’s wonderful cultural offering. Tourism is more than a holiday, it creates jobs, sustains communities and makes a vital contribution to our economy.
“Scotland is the perfect stage for cultural events and Paisley already has a number of events already taking place, including The Spree and Weave Festival, that celebrate the town’s wonderful culture and heritage. It is this unique culture and heritage that will provide the ideal platform for them to build a wider programme of events and activities to engage with all its communities and the UK while ultimately transform its future.
“This is a highly coveted title and competition will be fierce, however, Paisley has a lot to offer and I know they will make the most of this opportunity. They have our full support and I wish them the best of luck ahead of the final decision.”