Tourism expert to help turn wetlands into top attraction

28 March 2012

Tourism expert to help turn wetlands into top attraction


A GCU tourism consultant is set to play a key role in creating a new national attraction on the border between Glasgow and North Lanarkshire.

Senior Business Development Consultant Tony Harrison, from GCU’s  travel and tourism business development consultancy the Moffat Centre, has been commissioned to provide a tourism and recreation strategy for the planned Seven Lochs Wetland Park near Glasgow.

He has been given £8000 by the Glasgow and Clyde Valley Green Network Partnership to finance creation of the strategy.

Says Harrison: “Our vision is to create a new wetland park of national significance and to deliver, manage, and sustain a high quality innovative wetland environment that will protect and enhance the biodiversity of the area as a national resource that promotes the general health and wellbeing of both visitors and residents alike, and contributes to the environmental, economic and social regeneration of the area.”

The strategy will examine opportunities for recreation provision, visitor facilities and tourism linked to the Wetland Park and will examine the potential for business development and revenue generation.

The Moffat Centre will be working with a range of partners including Glasgow City Council, North Lanarkshire Council, Scottish Natural Heritage, Forestry Commission Scotland, RSPB and a range of local community organisations.  

Harrison has helped to deliver several area tourism strategies including the Yorkshire Wolds Product Development, the Scottish Borders Tourism Plan and Ayrshire & Arran Tourist Board’s Information Strategy.

He is particularly interested in tourism resource impacts and has undertaken a number of studies including the Scottish Government’s ‘Economic Impact of Windfarms on Scottish Tourism’ paper.