Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Wind Of Change Among Trump Backers?

At the launch of the Menie development Trump claimed to have "the support of local, regional and national business leaders."

In light of the Very Rich American's increasing outbursts on the important Scottish renewables sector, and his failure to deliver large elements of the original resort proposal, I contacted these "business leaders" to see if they're still the best of friends...

Visitscotland

Then:
"We recognise the significant economic impact it will have on the north-east, and indeed to the wider Scottish economy. Tourism will always be strong in the north east, but this development will help refresh Scotland’s profile through the publicity it will generate and the potential for ancillary businesses. This development will allow us to really raise the bar in terms of the tourism product we have to offer and ensure the area remains a must see, must return destination."

Now:
"VisitScotland understands and supports the drive for renewable energy and recognises the economic potential of Scotland’s vast resource, including the opportunities for wind farm development.

"VisitScotland’s latest study suggests that wind farms have a limited impact on tourist views, however the organisation would encourage all future development to continue to be sited sensitively."

Scottish Enterprise

Then:
"I welcome the progress on Trump International Golf Links' development in Aberdeenshire. The overall aim of Scottish Enterprise's Tourism strategy is to achieve higher value add through the development of such premium resorts and experiences for visitors.

"We value the commitment which the Trump organisation is demonstrating by commencing work on the site at Menie, as this type of new resort development, will deliver modern, high quality accommodation and facilities to Scotland. This is critical to our ambition to help Scotland realise more value from our tourism assets. The development will attract higher spending visitors from across the UK and overseas and will further support Scotland's position in the global market as the Home of Golf."

Now:
"We work closely with a number of high profile and international business leaders throughout our activity and Mr Trump is one of 750 Globalscots. We recognise that not all of them will agree on what we do."

Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce

Then:
"The Chamber of Commerce is re-assured that the project is proceeding. A resort of this profile, scale and quality is a critical component ... to position Aberdeen City and Shire as a place to do business, and a place to visit. It gives an international message that Aberdeen is open to business."

Now:
(Silence)

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