Monday, October 21, 2019
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Extra funding has been added to the Scottish Government's Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund (RTIF).

The fund will be awarded £3 million extra - and will be extended to 2020/21.

The fund has helped to develop and maintain key infrastructure and facilities at Highland tourist hotspots.

Nicola Sturgeon confirmed the news yesterday (Tuesday 3 September) as she announced the Scottish Government's Programme for Government for the upcoming year.

Kate Forbes MSP said: "The Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund has been an invaluable resource for communities in my constituency and I am delighted that it has been extended again.

"The RTIF was first created to meet the very problems highlighted by my constituents, and it has certainly helped do so. In places right across my constituency from Glenfinnan to Cromarty, the RTIF has truly empowered communities to solve local problems.

"The rapid increase in tourism in rural areas inevitably put pressure on parking, toileting and camper van facilities and RTIF has targeted funding at the places that need it most.

"I am particularly pleased that so much of this funding has gone to places in my constituency and I hope to see even more out of this new tranche continuing to relieve pressures."

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