Visitors will be ensured a warm welcome in Dumfries and Galloway
It’s anticipated that Dumfries and Galloway will host a greater number of ‘staycations’ during 2021/22 than ever before.
In order to provide a warm and personal welcome Dumfries and Galloway Council are planning to have an increased number of staff and volunteer Visitor and Town Centre Ambassadors out and about.
Local staff from across council services and partner organisations and volunteers will be able to answer questions and signpost people to local attractions.
Council leader Elaine Murray and her depute Rob Davidson met with volunteers and staff at Clatteringshaws Visitor Centre to thank them for all the hard work they are doing to get ready for this summer.
In preparation for welcoming visitors back, the council are working with Scotland Starts Here (https://scotlandstartshere.com/) to promote the region and encourage ‘responsible tourism’, asking people to protect and respect, but ultimately enjoy, the natural environment and encourage local shopping to boost Dumfries and Galloway’s economy.
A range of posters featuring images of the spectacular countryside are already appearing in all areas, promoting a number of messages as well as signposting information.
The information contained in these has arisen from community conversations held across the region to establish what local people saw as the positives and challenges from visitor return.
These posters are also available free of charge on the council’s website for businesses and communities to download and print off themselves for display.
Councillor Murray said: “It’s great to see visitors returning to our region after the various lockdowns caused by the pandemic.
"We would ask that visitors respect our countryside and communities, but with our visitor ambassadors they are ensured a warm welcome.
"Hopefully this will not only enable enjoyable safe and enjoyable visits but encourage tourists to return to our region again in the future.”
More information is available on the council’s social channels and at www.dumgal.gov.uk/article/22333/Visit-Dumfries-and-Galloway.