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23/10/13 08:47

Clan celebration funding

Homecoming.

Local Clan events are to benefit from a £200,000 investment as part of the Homecoming celebrations in 2014 and beyond, Enterprise and Tourism Minister Fergus Ewing announced today.

The Scottish Clan Event funding, to support the planning and delivery of local Clan events, will be made available over three years to support the growth of Clan events, expand the visitor experience and spread the benefits of events across the country as a whole.

Each year, hundreds of thousands of people from across the globe choose to visit Scotland to explore their ancestry and soak up the atmosphere of their forefathers.

Mr Ewing said:

“Next year Scotland will extend a hand of friendship and a warm welcome to visitors from around the world when we showcase the history, traditions and music of Scottish Clans during our second Year of Homecoming and beyond.

“The Clan Event Fund will not only help to support activities promoting Clan tourism during the celebrations next year but will also provide legacy by supporting Clan events through to our Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology in 2017.”

Sir Malcolm MacGregor, Convenor, Standing Council of Scottish Chiefs said:

“The Standing Council of Scottish Chiefs welcomes this initiative which will help to support and enhance Clan activities in local communities and encourage people to celebrate their clan heritage across Scotland.”

John Mackenzie, Earl of Cromartie, co-chair of the Highland Clan Partnership Group said:

“We are very gratified that the Scottish Government has, in recognition of the importance it places on Clan Tourism to the Scottish Economy, worked with Highland clan representatives to support the creation of this Scottish Clan Event Fund. Investment in Clan Events will expand the visitor experience and bring welcome financial, community and cultural benefit to the Highland region of Scotland”

Notes to editors

More information about the fund is available at: http://www.eventscotland.org/funding-and-resources/scottish-clan-event-fund/