Huntly to host European Culture and Tourism meeting

Huntly is to host the North Sea Commission's Culture and Tourism Spring 2009 meeting.

From 1st-4th April this important group of elected members and high-ranking officials from local authorities in European Union Member States bordering the North Sea will be in Huntly to discuss culture and tourism-related issues. The visit to Huntly has comes about through Aberdeenshire Council's active involvement in the NSC network and Huntly's performance in the culture and tourism field. Keith Newton, the Aberdeenshire Council Officer with overall responsibility for tourism development in the area explains: "Alongside my tourism development role I am Area Manager for Formartine. Over the last few years, from a distance, I have been very impressed with Huntly's get up and go attitude, innovation and community dynamism in terms of organising events and promoting the area's cultural heritage. That made it an easy choice to bring the NSC group to the area for the meeting."

Fiona Manson, new chair of Huntly and District tourism Action Group is delighted that Huntly will be host to such a prestigious event: "As HADTAG is a young organisation we don't have a huge track record to display. However, Aberdeenshire Council has obviously been impressed with what we and others in the community have done over the last few years. It is great that a high level delegation of officials will be in town for a few days and we will work with Aberdeenshire Council and local tourism providers to ensure that we put on an attractive programme for them."

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