New website for global flagship visitor attraction launched and the public offered the first opportunity to sign up Diageo, the maker of Johnnie Walker, has reaffirmed its \u00a3185million investment programme in Scotch whisky and tourism as it opened the online doors to the Johnnie Walker Princes Street global flagship visitor experience. Physical construction at the landmark building in the heart of Edinburgh restarted in June in compliance with all government COVID guidelines following a three-month lockdown pause, but work to build the digital world for future visitors has continued unabated with the new website for the attraction (www.johnniewalkerprincesstreet.com) launched today (Tues 8th\u00a0Sept). https:\/\/youtu.be\/pPouCbht6pI While the detailed plans for inside the eight-story attraction, and the stunning views from its signature rooftop bars, remain a tightly guarded secret, the website gives the public the opportunity to join the journey and to be at the front of the queue for pre-sale ticket opportunities and exclusive updates on the project. Following the lockdown construction delay and the ongoing working restrictions to comply with COVID safety protocols, it is now anticipated Johnnie Walker Princes Street will open its doors for visitors in summer 2021. Ewan Andrew, Diageo\u2019s Global President for Supply Chain & Procurement, with executive responsibility for Diageo\u2019s capital investment in Scotch whisky tourism \u2013 the largest single programme the industry has seen - said the commitment to Scotch whisky and Scottish tourism was stronger than ever. Scottish and Edinburgh tourism sector leaders welcomed the update on Johnnie Walker Princes Street as a boost for the recovering industry. Malcolm Roughead, VisitScotland Chief Executive, said: \u201cAfter an extremely difficult few months for the Scottish tourism industry, it is good to see more positive news emerging as we continue to recover from the impact of Covid-19. This new experience will be a valuable addition to the country\u2019s world-class whisky tourism offering and I\u2019m sure that today\u2019s announcement will have whet the appetite of many whisky lovers right across the world. Diageo has shown a real commitment to the success of Scotland\u2019s economic future and continued investment will be key as we look to create experiences and products that encourage visitors back to Scotland in future years. Tourism is a force for good and if managed responsibly, sustains communities in every corner of Scotland, creates jobs, tackles depopulation and improves the wellbeing of everyone who experiences it.\u202f\u201d Donald Emslie, Chair of Edinburgh Tourism Action Group (ETAG) said: \u201cEdinburgh is an extremely resilient city and whilst we undoubtedly have a long road to recovery ahead of us, we are certain that Edinburgh, working and collaborating together, can return to its position as one of Europe\u2019s best performing visitor destinations. The news of the restart of Diageo\u2019s Johnnie Walker development is very welcome indeed and signals real confidence in the future of Edinburgh and its visitor economy. Given the uncertainty around the future of the retail sector more generally, investments like this will be key to transforming our city centre into the vibrant and thriving place we all want it to be for the benefit of our residents, visitors and employers. We look forward to following the development over the coming months and sharing details of the development through the newly created ForeverEdinburgh platform.\u201d Johnnie Walker Princes Street is the focal point of Diageo\u2019s investment in Scotch whisky tourism and will include: \tA multi-sensory, immersive visitor experience across three floors, guiding people through the 200-year history and taking them on a journey through the flavours of Scotland. \tA flexible events space for staging music, theatre, arts and community events, making the venue part of the thriving cultural life of the city. \tA training academy that will be a home for Diageo\u2019s award-winning Learning for Life programme, which creates training and employment opportunities in the hospitality industry for unemployed people, and works to improve hospitality standards and promotes the responsible serving and consumption of alcohol. \tRooftop bars with stunning views of Edinburgh Castle and across the city skyline to east, west and north. \tAt street level, the plans include a significant retail space continuing the legacy of high street retail presence at this historic shopping location. The investment in Johnnie Walker Princes Street and transforming Diageo\u2019s existing 12 distillery visitor attractions across Scotland total \u00a3150million with a further \u00a335million invested in reopening the iconic \u201clost\u201d distilleries of Port Ellen and Brora. Whisky from Diageo\u2019s distilleries all over Scotland contribute to Johnnie Walker, but four distilleries - Glenkinchie, Cardhu, Caol Ila and Clynelish - will be linked directly to the Johnnie Walker venue in Edinburgh, representing the \u2018four corners of Scotland\u2019 and the regional flavour variations crucial to the art of whisky-making. Together these sites will create a unique Johnnie Walker tour of Scotland, encouraging visitors to the capital city to also travel to the country\u2019s extraordinary rural communities.