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Scottish Traditional Boat Festival Wins Top Tourism Award

17th May 2012
Scottish Traditional Boat Festival Wins Top Tourism Award

#AQUATIC TOURISM – The Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Traditional Boat Festival has won the Best Cultural Event category in the regional finals of the Scottish Thistle Awards. The awards, organised by Visit Scotland celebrate excellence in the Scottish tourism industry. The annual maritime event will now be shortlisted for the national Scottish Thistle Awards, held in November.

Roger Goodyear, chairman of Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Traditional Boat Festival says, "Winning this award reflects the hard work and excellent efforts of our team of volunteers who are responsible for making the festival happen each year.  With only a few weeks until the 19th annual event, which takes place on June 23 and 24, organisation is in full swing and this year's event is set to be exceptional. The festival will make history by playing host to the biggest ever St Ayles skiff coastal rowing regatta, with teams from the Hebrides to Tyne and Wear taking part. Every year we aim to raise the bar and truly deliver on our promise to be an event offering something for everyone and winning this award is true recognition of this and has provided a real boost to the team behind it.

"We are looking forward to the national awards and it would be fantastic to take this accolade back to Portsoy and share it with the local community, without who's support, the event would not be where it is today."

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Coastal & Marine Tourism

According to the National University of Galway (NUIG) research the average expenditure per coastal day trip in 2018 was calculated at €95. The equivalent for coastal overnight trips was €310. The estimated water-based activity expenditure per person per trip across the sample was €56 rising to €73 for the subsample that actually undertake waterbased activities on their coastal visits. The results also indicate that domestic tourists undertake the majority of their marine activities on the West and South coasts of Ireland and that there are notable differences in participation rates across age groupings, social classes and by family makeup.

A domestic tourist is defined in this report as a person who spends at least one night away from home on their trip. Total expenditure by domestic tourists in coastal areas was estimated to be €698 million in 2018, which represents 35% of the total expenditure by domestic tourists (using the broader Fáilte Ireland measure for domestic tourists that includes business trips equating to 10.92 million in total trips and €2,006 million in total revenue).

The marine related activity expenditure, or what might truly be referred to as domestic marine tourism, is estimated to generate revenue of €381 million with €172 million being spent on water-based activities. Marine tourism makes up an estimated 19% of total domestic tourism expenditure.

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