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Council announce strategic partner for proposed exciting new event

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South Ayrshire Council have taken one step closer to being able to deliver an exciting new event in 2023 by the appointment of a strategic partner.

Following a procurement process, we've joined forces with theSKYLAB who will work in partnership with us to develop a delivery plan which will be brought to a future Cabinet for consideration as part of a proposed calendar of exciting local events for 2023.

If the event is approved it could attract thousands of visitors to the area, bringing a much-welcomed boost to the local economy and a fantastic opportunity to showcase what South Ayrshire has to offer.

Dr Geoff Coxon, CEO of theSKYLAB said: "We are delighted to have been chosen by South Ayrshire Council as their strategic partner to plan for the delivery of a new event to the area.

"theSKYLAB will use its experience gained over the last decade to help guide the council with the design and delivery of the event.

"Working with the council will bring about a fantastic opportunity for our charity to continue to raise awareness of the importance of STEM."

South Ayrshire Council's Portfolio Holder for Tourism, Culture and Rural Affairs, Councillor Alec Clark said: "We want to bring large-scale events to Ayr that will encourage thousands of visitors to the town and surrounding area. 

"Attracting tourists is essential to our local economy and we need to ensure we give people even more cause to visit South Ayrshire.

"I'm therefore delighted that we've been able to secure the right strategic partner and I'm confident that theSKYLAB will help us to plan for the delivery of a fantastic new event that will be a huge hit with locals and visitors alike."

South Ayrshire Council's Portfolio Holder for Sport and Leisure, Councillor Brian Connolly said: "South Ayrshire has a great leisure offering and events that attract people from all walks of life will enhance this no-end. 

"Our proposed calendar of events for 2023 will include things the whole family can enjoy, so there will definitely be few dates to hold in everyone's diary next year."

Leader of South Ayrshire Council, Councillor Martin Dowey said: "Local businesses need a means to attract footfall to the area and local people need something to look forward to. The events programme we have in mind for 2023 ticks both boxes.

"I know that people will be keen to get a flavour of what they can expect to see at these events, so we'll provide regular updates as more information becomes available."