Fraserburgh’s Visitor Information Centre has made its move to the Museum of Scottish Lighthouses recently, despite attempts to find an alternate town centre location.
Welcoming the move, Aberdeenshire Provost Jill Webster recently attended the museum to see the centre officially open.
“I am pleased to be here to mark the opening of the new VisitScotland Information Centre in Fraserburgh and I hope this facility will be a real boost for tourism in the area,” she said.
The move to the Museum of Scottish Lighthouses will now see the VisitScotland centre being able to provide tourist information directly to over 21,000 visitors a year.
It is hoped that these visitors, which visit the museum for both the museum itself and its associated cafe and restaurant facilities, will be influenced and inspired to do and see more throughout the area as a result.
The Provost continued: “Working in partnership with VisitScotland and the Museum of Scottish Lighthouses we can provide visitors to Fraserburgh with comprehensive information about all of the great attractions and events this area has to offer and make sure they have a really positive experience.”
Philip Smith, VisitScotland regional director said: “I am delighted to see the new VisitScotland Information Centre in Fraserburgh open for the start of the 2014 season. It’s a very exciting year for Scottish tourism and particularly for the North-east. With so many Homecoming Scotland events taking place, it is vital our VisitScotland Information Centres are ready to help visitors make the most of their time in the region.
“We have consulted locally and worked hard with our key partners - Aberdeenshire Council and the Museum of Scottish Lighthouses - to enhance the visitor experience in Fraserburgh and secure a high quality information service into the future.”
The museum’s business manager, Gary Campbell, also welcomed the new location for the Visitor Information Centre, saying: “The introduction of the Fraserburgh VisitScotland Information Centre within the Museum of Scottish Lighthouses is an exciting step for us and we are delighted to see it open for the new tourist season.
“Working in partnership with VisitScotland will hopefully create new opportunities for both parties and we look forward to offering local information provision to many new visitors to the museum and indeed Fraserburgh and the surrounding areas.”
With the move, the Visitor Information Centre will also now be able to provide its service all year round, in line with the Museum of Scottish Lighthouses’ operating hours.