This website relates to the proposal for a “business improvement district” for tourism businesses in Moray Speyside; providing information about the proposal for a self-financing body dedicated to promoting the Moray Speyside region as a place to visit, supporting tourism businesses in the area and explaining how interested businesses can get involved in the plan.
Since 2014, Moray Speyside Tourism have promoted our region to visitors from around the world, supported local tourism businesses and represented the region’s tourism industry at national and international level.
As a result of these efforts, and those of many others, annual visitor numbers have grown to almost 800,000 with tourism now contributing £130 million per year to the Moray Speyside economy.
For that reason, now is the time to build on the achievements of recent years and work together to secure the future of tourism in Moray Speyside.
Moray Speyside Tourism has been consulting on the possibility of introducing a Tourism Business Improvement District (TBID) which would provide funding to continue marketing and promotion of the area beyond 2019.
A Tourism Business Improvement District is a new way of investing in Moray’s tourism industry which could significantly boost visitor numbers. It would see a collective of local businesses invest funds to support the growth and development of the area’s tourism industry.
We believe that a Tourism Business Improvement District (Tourism BID) is the right way to ensure continued growth of the area’s tourism industry. It will empower local tourism businesses, putting the industry at the heart of the decision-making process, remove reliance on public sector funding and open up a new world of opportunity.
Following an extensive period of consultation with tourism businesses we have produced a draft business plan outlining a blueprint which will deliver a brighter future for tourism in Moray Speyside.
Later this year, a final business plan will be published which tourism businesses will be asked to vote on.
The Tourism Business Improvement District is a blueprint for tourism in Moray Speyside – it would be 100% accountable to you, the members – a key benefit being that it would give your business a strong voice in the future direction of tourism in the Moray Speyside area.
Tourism Businesses will be asked to vote on the proposals by means of a postal ballot which will run for 6 weeks from December 2019 into January 2020.
By voting YES to the Tourism BID, we will begin to write a new chapter for tourism in Moray Speyside – one that will enable the area to thrive as a world-class tourism destination for years to come.
During July and August, 15 Business Engagement Events were held throughout Moray Speyside – the events offered attendees the opportunity to find out in detail how the Tourism Business Improvement District will benefit businesses across the region.
In August we published a draft business plan and carry out further consultation in advance of unveiling the full business plan later this year.
The Tourism Business Improvement District can only come into being if it is voted on by you, the tourism businesses in our region.
Please take some time to browse this website and to find out more about the Tourism BID project.