Ambitions to benefit from cruise visitors

Welcome party for cruise ship passengers
Welcome party for cruise ship passengers

The arrival of cruise ships in the Forth could result in a major business and tourism boost for South Queensferry...if locals work together.

That’s why Queensferry Ambition – in partnership with the Forth Bridges Tourism Group and Edinburgh Council – is looking for businesses, groups and individuals to attend a meeting in the Rosebery Hall next Wednesday, April 2, from 10am to midday.

The plan is to ensure that businesses and the community make the most of the busy liner season.

How to ensure the thousands of passengers who arrive at the Hawes Pier are given the best welcome and tourist information available will also be discussed.

Peter Wilson, project leader for the Forth Bridges Cruise Project, said: “We know that one third of all passengers will not have a plan for their day when they arrive in Queensferry.

‘‘The welcome team, which worked throughout 2013, have come up with some good ideas for this year’s season.

“So we are keen for as many local people as possible to attend.”

At the meeting next week, Peter and transport officer for Hawes Pier Bill McMillan will give an insight into the arrangements and requirements for the safe and successful arrival of liners in the Forth.

A local volunteer will also explain the important role they play in welcoming the guests and crew.

And Queensferry Ambition will give an update on business opportunities, marketing material and the progress of the local information kiosk.

The session will end with the chance for the public to ask questions and offer feedback and suggestions on how the project can provide better opportunities for all.

Diane Brown, of Queensferry Ambition, added: ‘‘We hope that, if we can get the business community to work with each other to attract the cruise passengers, this will also have a positive effect on year-round visitors to the town.”