Energy Minister Fergus Ewing has welcomed independent research which shows wind farms do not affect the choice of eight in ten tourists to visit Scotland and most people do not feel wind farms spoil the countryside.
The independent research, commissioned by VisitScotland, shows that:
- 83% of Scottish respondents and 80% of UK respondents stated their decision to holiday in the UK would not be affected by the presence of a wind farm.
- 83% of Scottish respondents and 82%of UK respondents either disagreed with or neither agreed nor disagreed, that they would tend to avoid an area of the countryside if there were a wind farm.
- 46% of Scottish respondents, and 40% of UK respondents, would be interested in visiting a wind farm development if it included a visitor centre.
To read the full press release and for a link to the research see http://www.scotland.gov.uk/News/Releases/2012/04/windtourism24042012