Scottish Parliament Welcomes World Whisky Day
Today the Scottish Parliament welcomed World Whisky Day and congratulated an Aberdeen University student for pioneering the event.
World Whisky Day will be held on 27 March 2012 and is the first time that whisky will be celebrated internationally on a specific day. Aberdeen University student Blair Bowman initiated the celebration which has attracted worldwide interest and support. Events will be held in the United States, Canada, across Europe, South Africa, Dubai, Kyrgyzstan, India, South Korea, Malaysia, and Australia.
Aberdeen Central MSP Kevin Stewart raised a motion in the Scottish Parliament hailing the international event, recognising how it can boost the reputation of Scottish Whisky and congratulating Blair Bowman for the work he has done to create the event. The motion has received cross party support.
Kevin Stewart MSP said:
“I am pleased to be able to recognise this international event which originated in Aberdeen. World Whisky Day has attracted such wide spread support from around the globe and will help to promote Scotland’s valuable exports. I hope to see it being repeated in the coming years giving a real focus to responsible enjoyment of our national drink.
“Blair has done a fantastic job getting World Whisky Day off the ground and I hope to see it getting further support from around the globe and locally in Scotland. This is a great opportunity for the industry to build on the success and reputation of whisky.”
Blair Bowman said:
“There has been tremendous support for World Whisky Day around the world but it is fantastic to have the Scottish Parliament welcoming World Whisky Day, and calling for its continued success.”
SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT MOTION
Date of Lodging: 28 February 2012
Short Title: World Whisky Day
S4M-02141 Kevin Stewart () (Scottish National Party): That the Parliament congratulates Aberdeen resident, Blair Bowman, on creating a dedicated international day of celebration in honour of whisky: welcomes this, the first World Whisky Day, on 27 March 2012; believes that it will help to promote Scotland’s national drink round the world; understands that the day has already attracted interest from India, USA, South Africa and Kyrgyzstan, and would like to see World Whisky Day being successful for many years to come.