Screen Shot 2015-07-29 at 07.20.11Marine Blast Multimedia swapped the waters off the west coast for Glasgow’s Pacific Quay on Tuesday (21 July) when they were invited to meet Minister for Business, Energy and Tourism Fergus Ewing MSP.

The purpose of the meeting was to provide the Minister with more information on the Marine Blast Scotland iphone app which has become the biggest and fastest growing marine tourism/industry resource in Scotland. The app has over 1,700 listings and has more than 7,000 downloads. Linking the marine industry with tourism in this way makes the app a very powerful tool, but it has to be useful too. That’s where the app really comes into it’s own. With clear maps which pinpoint the location of the services you need, combined with the ability to call a business direct, and you can see why this is the must have app on a sailor’s phone. If you have an emergency when you’re out on the water, having accurate information is not only important, it could be a life saver. Whether you need an engine repair or want to book a table for dinner in that restaurant by the beach, the app puts the power at your fingertips.

Scottish Tourism Minister Fergus Ewing said: “I was delighted to meet Ian and Catriona and congratulate them on their extraordinary endeavours in building up their app so that it is now commonly used by those who require information regarding Marine tourism. “This is a tremendous tool for yachtsmen and women and others who wish to enjoy our marvellous coast. It is playing a part in promoting Scotland in a sector of tourism which is growing in numbers of visitors and economic importance.” 

Marine Blast Multimedia founder Iain Hurrel was delighted to have been invited to speak to the Minister. He said: “We are delighted that Fergus Ewing has shown so much interest in our app. We’ve been developing the app for over four years and have stayed ahead of this rapidly moving market. As more information moves to mobile, it’s paramount that the marine/tourism industry is represented on a mobile platform on and off the water. As sailors ourselves we understand what’s needed out at sea and we’re delighted to have been given the opportunity to demonstrate the app at ministerial level.”

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