An economic assessment of the marine centre was undertaken by the independent economic research consultancy, EKOS.
Click HERE for the report.
The EKOS report estimates that the new centre will generate output at the East Lothian level of £2.38 million per annum and support employment of 54 FTEs (full time equivalents). It will create a net additional increase of £1.18 million per annum in output and employment of 24 FTEs on top of the existing beneficial impacts of the Scottish Seabird Centre.
At a national level, it will generate output at just over £1 million per annum and support 23 FTE jobs.
The centre currently attracts in the region of 273,000 visits per year and this is projected to increase to 344,000 but with a wider spread across the year. Admissions to the exhibition area will increase, restoring them to historic levels at around 50,000 a year.
Click HERE for the summary business plan.
The project will help to deliver a range of key national, regional and local policies including Scotland’s Economic Strategy; East Lothian Economic Development Strategy; Tourism 2020; Marine Tourism Strategy; VisitScotland’s National Tourism Development Framework and the East Lothian Tourism Action Plan.