Online tourist information hits visitor centre numbers
A trend towards tourists accessing information online has been cited as a reason behind plans to shut a south of Scotland visitor centre.
Dumfries and Galloway councillors are being asked to agree to close a face-to-face service in Newton Stewart.
It comes after usage figures showed a 66% drop in footfall over the past five years.
A 12-month pilot of providing visitor information at another site in the town is being proposed.
VisitScotland is currently carrying out a nationwide review of visitor information provision.
|Visitor information centre footfall in Dumfries and Galloway|
Figures in a report to councillors present a mixed view of performance at centres across Dumfries and Galloway.
Sites in Castle Douglas, Dumfries, Kirkcudbright, Stranraer and Newton Stewart have all seen numbers fall although they have risen in Gretna.
Two "partnership" centres - run alongside other businesses in Moffat and Gatehouse of Fleet - boast rising footfall.
Plans for some kind of information service to passengers arriving from ferries at Cairnryan are also in the pipeline.
Figures for the centre at Dashwood Square in Newton Stewart have dropped from more than 6,000 to just about 2,000 in the past five years.
The report said a rise in the use of online resources meant less demand for face-to-face provision in some locations.
A year-long trial of a service at the Wigtown Rural Enterprises Office in the town is being proposed.
The council said it would look for "alternative uses" for the building being vacated by the visitor information centre.
It said staff involved would be found other employment within VisitScotland.