Dispute over funding

Marketing Edinburgh board may quit in new council row

Gordon Robertson

Letter: Gordon Robertson (pic: Terry Murden)

Marketing Edinburgh’s board is threatening to resign over a new row over the city council’s commitment to the organisation.

The board will meet today after chairman Gordon Robertson sent a letter to councillors demanding clarity over its future.

There is speculation that the council may take all or part of Marketing Edinburgh’s responsibilities in-house.

In the letter, Mr Robertson said: “We are clear that council funding and support is required to meet the needs of the city and all those stakeholders who work in or are impacted by tourism. It is our belief therefore that you should support the plan with funding beyond April 2020.

“If you cannot or will not, the Marketing Edinburgh board would assume that best action would be for it to step aside and allow the council to appoint directors that share the council’s view and plan and immediately put in place what is needed to execute your plan.

“Whilst it may seem attractive in terms of short-term budget concerns, the long-term impacts will cause lasting damage to our city.”

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