Visitors to Grassmarket given a warm welcome

Extra resource is being provided in the Grassmarket through a partnership between the City of Edinburgh Council and the Greater Grassmarket Business Improvement District (BID).

Cllr Gavin Barrrie (left) with an Ambassador
Ambassador describes new role to Cllr Barrie (left) and Norrie Stewart

It will ensure visitors and residents in the area have a great experience during August and September.

Two BID ambassadors will work from Thursday to Sunday in the afternoons and the evenings. They will be on hand to give directions, answer questions for example on local heritage and local transport and offer advice on where to find local shops and services in the area. They will also work with other partners and services to deal with issues such as littering.

This initiative is in addition to the plans announced last week to keep Edinburgh clean during the festival period.

Cllr Gavin Barrie, Convener of the Economy Committee, said: “We are delighted to welcome thousands of visitors to the city during the festival period each year, which provides a huge boost to the economy. Last week it was announced that festivals all year round in the city generated £280m in Edinburgh and £313m in Scotland. This initiative will ensure that when people visit the Grassmarket they continue to have a quality experience whether they are a resident a visitor, a business owner or employee in the area.”

Norrie Stewart, Project Manager, Greater Grassmarket BID, said: "The Greater Grassmarket BID is delighted to partner with the City of Edinburgh Council to introduce ambassadors to the area over the summer period. The visitor experience will be greatly enhanced with businesses and residents alike benefiting from the friendly and helpful activity of our new ambassadors."

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