The Trump Golf Course has had a positive impact on tourism in the north-east, according to a new report.
The findings, which form part of the Trump Organisation’s economic impact assessment for phase two of its development at Menie, show a rise in the number of tourism workers local to the course as well as a rise in the number of visitors to north-east golf courses from overseas.
According to the report, by Glasgow-based 4-Consulting, 33% of people within 10 kilometres of Trump Estate now work in the tourism industry, compared to less than 5% in 2009 before the course opened.
The number of overseas visitors to north-east golf courses has also risen, from 12% in 2008, to 60% in 2015.
The report is the first statistical glimpse into the economic impact of the course since its opening in 2012.
Richard Marsh, leading economist at 4-Consulting, said: “Before the course opened, tourism-related employment in the local area was limited.
“The latest data shows that tourism now accounts for around one in four jobs in the communities surrounding the course.
“Across the north-east of Scotland, tourism accounts for a lower share of jobs compared to the rest of Scotland.
“If the rest of Aberdeenshire could match and build on the world-class benchmark set by The Trump Estate, then the region would benefit from several thousand additional tourism jobs.”
Plans have now been lodged with Aberdeenshire Council for the second phase of development, which includes 500 houses, 50 holiday lets and space for retail units, a community hall and a gym.
According to the economic impact assessment, £150 million will be spent on the development, generating a further £250m. The report also states that 1,980 jobs will be created during the construction phase and a further 244 following completion.