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Fergus Ewing MSP - March 16

More people in the Highlands make their living through tourism than any other sector.

So, the news that last year the number of visitors - and spending per visitor - to Scotland has risen, is welcome.

Key to further success is improving transport links so it is easier - and less expensive - for people to get here.

Planned improvements to rail inks to Perth and Aberdeen and dualling of the A9 and A96 will help. But we also need more people to come here by air, and build on the excellent work at Inverness Airport in developing more routes and connections.

To achieve that, our planned reduction in Air Passenger Duty is essential: to reduce the tax on travel to a fairer level.