Reopening of tourism across the south of Scotland

VisitScotland Regional Leadership Director Paula Ward joined representatives of South of Scotland Destination Alliance (SSDA) at Galloway Activity Centre as visitor attractions, accommodation providers and hospitality businesses start to reopen.

Tuesday, 27th April 2021, 11:14 am
Everyone is on board for tourism to reopen in the south of Scotland, (l-r) Richard Herman (Galloway Activity Centre), Paula Ward (VisitScotland), Lesley Watson and Gowan Miller (both SSDA development agents); John and Melanie Allen (Nithbank Country Estate and SSDA board member).

Paula said: “As we start to welcome back visitors to our communities, we continue to focus on the recovery of the industry, building a destination and visitor experience which allows tourism to thrive now and in the future.

"The Scottish Borders and Dumfries & Galloway offer the perfect destination for exploring the great outdoors – wide open spaces, an abundance of forests, lakes and coastlines for cycling, walking, and taking part in other outdoor activities.

“I am so incredibly proud of our tourism and hospitality businesses and operators. They are the perfect example of entrepreneurial spirit – they have not given up because of what the virus has thrown at them.

"They have shown incredible flexibility, they’ve embraced new operating procedures to ensure that their places of business adhere to strict health and safety guidance and at the same time they continue to offer a fantastic experience.

"We have once again worked in partnership with the SSDA on the Twinned with Tourism campaign to help reassure communities that tourism businesses are reopening safely and respectfully and that communities in turn can help businesses welcome visitors back.”

SSDA project manager Jemma Reid added: “We are very much looking forward to welcoming visitors back to the south of Scotland and seeing our businesses get back to what they do best.

"We have been working closely with VisitScotland and other key stakeholders to ensure we provide a coordinated approach to visitor management – we all want to make sure our visitors and businesses have the best possible experience.

"As well as providing a toolkit to support businesses reopening, we have created a new visitor charter which we’ll be promoting across our Scotland Starts Here consumer channels and also launching new onl ine features and advice for people visiting by campervan, including an interactive map, supporting guidance and videos.”