As a result of intense pressure on the Scottish government on behalf of the Daily Bulletin by long-term Scottish Santa Ponsa property owner, Ian Rice, Scotland wants a slice of the action.
MSP for Bridge of Allan and Dunblane, Keith Brown, a Falklands War veteran and ex-SNP Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities, met Ian Rice and was briefed on the Bulletin campaign and what Scottish holiday home owners and lovers of Majorca want. He has, therefore, recently approached the Chief Executive of Prestwick Airport, Richard Jenner, stressing the potential there is on the table "for Scotland and Majorca to build on existing tourism opportunities - particularly outside the summer season - to the benefit of both countries". And he asked Jenner what steps he would be prepared to take regarding more off-season flights.
To the Chief Executive of Edinburgh Airport, Gorden Dewer, Brown underlined the same potential benefits. To the Chief Executive of VisitScotland, the country’s national tourist board, Brown asked if VisitScotland had any ongoing links with its counterparts in Majorca and whether he felt that there is potential to strengthen the relationship and tourism opportunities between Scotland and Majorca, particularly during the winter.
Brown highlighted the fact that Scotland could promote Edinburgh’s Hogmanay celebrations, shopping and city breaks in Palma, for example, to the benefit of both destinations. And finally, Brown raised the same issues with the Chief Executive of Aberdeen and Glasgow International Airports, Amanda McMilland.
Thousands of Scots have already expressed their joy over having two weekly flights all winter down to Palma, but this coming low season it would appear that the Scottish authorities would like to enjoy some of the rewards and have people living here in Majorca making the most of the services and enjoying the delights of what Scotland has to offer.
So far, the Majorcan tourism authorities have yet to make any official comment about the airlines which have increased the winter flights to Palma or introduced new ones, as in the case of direct flights from Scotland. But before they do, perhaps they should consider contacting VisitScotland and opening up some form of dialogue which would lead to both Palma and certain Scottish destinations benefiting during the winter.
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