George and Nicola outside Paisley Abbey

Tourism Boom For Greater Glasgow and Clyde As Attractions Record Over 30 Million Visits

Year Of History, Heritage And Archaeology Brings Visitors To Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

Scottish tourist attractions had more visitors than ever before in 2017 – with over 30 million visitors passing through their doors throughout the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology.


The latest figures from the Association of Scottish Visitors Attractions show 77% of visitor sites reporting an increase in the number of visits – helping support the local tourist economy across Greater Glasgow and Clyde.


An increase in tourism has also helped create a booming accommodation market with a 7.1% increase of visitors staying in Self-Catered Accommodation in Greater Glasgow and Clyde since last year.


Commenting, Paisley’s MSP, George Adam said:


“These latest figures are great to see – and show that Greater Glasgow and Clyde and Scotland remain favourite destinations for tourists, with our world leading attractions seeing over 30 million visitors during the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology.


“The £4.6bn being spent on tourist day trips annually is a brilliant contribution to the Scottish economy that we should continue to encourage – while the increase in people staying overnight in our local hotels and guest houses boosts our local economy in Greater Glasgow and Clyde.


“Tourists boost our restaurants, pubs and cafes by spending around £995 million on food and drink annually while visiting Scotland – and the whole tourist industry is worth over £6 billion to Scotland, supporting jobs and livelihoods across Greater Glasgow and Clyde.


“It’s no surprise that visitor numbers continue to rise across Greater Glasgow and Clyde and Scotland – attractions such as, The Paisley Abbey (Paisley Renfrewshire), Castle Semple (Lochwinnoch, Renfrewshire) and The Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum (Glasgow), will always bring people from far and wide to this corner of the country, and these figures are something for all of us to celebrate.”

Paisley’s Olympic Sport

GeorgeGeorge lodged the following motion at parliament.

Success in Paisley’s Olympic Sport 

That the Parliament congratulates the GB men’s and women’s curling teams on reaching the final and semi-finals respectively at the 2014 Winter Olympics; recognises the efforts of the team members and everybody else involved with this achievement; considers that curling is Paisley’s Olympic sport as the first written record of a curling match was in 1540 by John McQuhin, a notary from the town; understands that this game took place on the White Cart, which is a natural weir in the heart of the town, and was between John Sclater, a monk from Paisley Abbey, and Gavin Hamilton, a representative of the Abbot at the Hamills; notes what it sees as the continued high standard of curling in Scotland, and looks forward to continued success in the sport.


Christmas Card Unveiled

George with Garry showing off his 2013 Christmas Card

George with Garry showing off his 2013 Christmas Card

Paisley’s MSP George Adam has made Christmas a bit more special this year, by choosing local artist Garry Byars painting “Paisley Abbey in the snow”, to be his official 2013 Christmas card.

George, who used local company Minuteman Press to print the cards said, “I have known Garry for some time now and I recognise the work that he has completed, working with local organisations to inspire and work creatively in a positive manner. I have one of Garry’s paintings hanging in my parliament office in Edinburgh and love his take on the many historic buildings we have in our town.”

Garry who operates the Sunshine Gallery from the Paisley Shopping Centre In-Shops said “It’s great to know that my painting will be viewed by so many, George is a genuine down to earth guy and it’s my honour that he has chosen my artwork”.

As well as exhibiting local artist artwork, Garry has 16 paintings from around Paisley as framed limited prints and Christmas Cards giving a brief history of the town.

Paisley Fireworks Display Goes off with a Bang!

Photo taken by David Pollock of Scottish Photography ProductionsLike many Buddies, George was in the centre of Paisley on Saturday night to watch the fireworks display. Ever since Derek MacKay MSP moved the display from Seedhill Road Playing Field’s into the centre of Paisley, in his previous capacity as Leader of Renfrewshire Council, crowds have flocked to see the sky light up over Paisley Town Hall and the Abbey. On the Monday morning after the display, George lodged the motion below at parliament, highlighting what a great occasion it was and was keen to point out the work done by Renfrewshire Council staff in the set up and, not so glamerous, the clear up of the event. Below the motion are all the MSP’s who have supported the motion.George and Stacey out in Paisley to watch the fireworks

Motion S4M-04686: George Adam, Paisley, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 05/11/2012

That the Parliament congratulates Paisley on organising what it considers another hugely successful fireworks display in the heart of the town centre, which saw 40,000 people gather for a winter celebration that lasted over six hours and catered for all ages; understands that this follows a similarly successful event in 2011; commends all those who worked their utmost on the event, including the Renfrewshire Council staff who played a major part in setting up all of the entertainment and clearing up the town centre afterwards, leaving it in what it considers was a spotless condition; believes that this was a big boost for businesses, and fully expects Paisley as a whole to benefit from increased footfall as a result of visitors seeing what it believes this great town has to offer.

Supported by: Joan McAlpine, Adam Ingram, Bill Kidd, David Torrance, Willie Coffey, Rob Gibson, Annabelle Ewing, Roderick Campbell, Mark McDonald, Gordon MacDonald, Richard Lyle, Nigel Don, Stuart McMillan, Dennis Robertson, Angus MacDonald, Mike MacKenzie, Colin Beattie, Kevin Stewart, Jamie Hepburn, Bob Doris, Gil Paterson