Scottish Borders tourism spending and strategy outlined
Tourism Minister Fergus Ewing has outlined action being taken to attract visitors to the Borders.
He was asked by Conservative MSP John Lamont what the Scottish government's strategy was for promoting and developing tourism in the region.
He cited £112,000 spent on Homecoming 2014 events and nearly £790,000 from EventScotland in the last three years.
Mr Ewing added that Abbotsford House, mountain biking and the Borders railway could also help attract more visitors.
He said that tourism had been identified as a "growth sector" and highlighted four events which were funded as part of Homecoming 2014.
- Melrose Sevens - £20,000
- Return to the Ridings - £37,000
- Tweedlove Bike Festival - £35,000
- Borders Book Festival - £20,000
He said VisitScotland listed more than 700 Borders businesses and operated information centres in Hawick, Melrose, Peebles, Jedburgh and Kelso with information points run in partnership in Eyemouth and Selkirk.
It had also supported a national campaign promoting Kelso Racecourse, the Jedburgh Events Forum and a mountain biking conference in Peebles.
In addition, he listed support given by EventScotland over the last thee years.
|EventScotland funding for events in the Scottish Borders over past three years|
|TweedLove Bike Week||2011||£12,500|
|Floors Massed Pipe Band Day||2011||£4,000|
|Doors Open Days*||2011||£13,500|
|Tour of Britain||2011||£100,000|
|Count Us In||2011||£8,630.99|
|Traquair Shakespeare Festival||2012||£4,000|
|TweedLove Bike Festival||2012||£15,000|
|iXS Downhill Cup Innerleithen||2012||£9,900|
|Tour of Britain||2012||£105,000|
|Scottish Ploughing Championships||2012||£4,000|
|Tour o' the Borders||2013||£8,000|
|TweedLove Bike Festival||2013||£15,000|
|Traquair Medieval Fayre||2013||£4,500|
|Jim Clark Rally||2013||£8,000|
|Border Union Show||2013||£10,000|
|Tour of Britain||2013||£100,000|
|TweedLove Bike Festival||2014||£35,000|
|Return to the Ridings||2014||£37,000|
|Borders Book Festival||2014||£20,000|
|Tour o' the Borders||2014||£10,000|
Mr Ewing said Scottish Enterprise continued to work closely with partners to develop and promote tourism.
He said it had worked on the redevelopment of Abbotsford House and the establishment of the Mountain Bike Centre of Scotland at Glentress.
He added that the Borders Railway, due to open in September next year, would bring "real opportunity for tourism and other economic development".
Mr Ewing said a feasibility study announced earlier this year would look at how the service might "transform the tourism potential of the region".