Cruise ships in South Queensferry have become a regular part of the town’s booming tourism trade. However, many people wonder how much cruise ships benefit economy the historic town of South Queensferry.
Many local residents ask questions if the town’s infrastructure is up to accommodating 1,000s of extra tourists every year.
Cruise Ships and Tourism in South Queensferry
Booming tourism booms always means having to find the balance between pleasing local residents and giving tourists a unique experience.
On the one hand, extra tourists that come to “the Ferry” from the cruise ships benefit local businesses. However, on days when passengers disembark from the ships, there is chaos under the Forth Rail Bridge (which is now a UNESCO World Heritage site) when it comes to many busses and parking for locals.
For example, there is the fact that many people drive to visit South Queensferry from other parts of Scotland. Also, foreign tourists on road trips like to stop off at the car park to take in the breath-taking views of the River Forth and the bridges, including the new Queensferry Crossing. However, for much of the day, parking is restricted in the Hawes promenade car park. This means that many tourists may just pass through without stopping.
Local business impact of cruise ships in South Queensferry
Unfortunately, not all local businesses are benefiting from tourism that the cruise ships bring to Queensferry. For example, many local gift shop owners do feel the benefit from an increased number of visitors. But, many of the cafes and restaurants don’t benefit as much. This is because many cruise ships offer “all-inclusive”.
Local business associations are looking at ways of easing congestion that the tourism industry brings. Some of the proposals include making the High Street for pedestrians only, banning buses from the High Street, and restricting lorries driving through the High Street.
There is also a need to improve local facilities as many say that the public toilets in the town are a disgrace.
It remains to be seen how the local council can improve services and infrastructure in the town to benefit both local residents.
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