Ms McAlpine commented:
“Dumfries and Galloway is an absolutely stunning part of Scotland with many exceptional tourism businesses, breath taking natural attractions, welcoming accommodation providers and a vibrant and creative events and festivals scene that is a real hit with visitors.
“I was thrilled to see our region being awarded this title by a widely read national magazine and so I was keen to see that achievement being recognised in parliament.”
The motion received cross party support shortly after Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon launched VisitScotland’s global marketing campaign, Spirit of Scotland, in which Dumfries and Galloway features prominently. Caerlaverock Castle and its events programme are referenced in the TV advert and an online video campaign tells the story of Caerlaverock’s Castle Steward.
Joan McAlpine took part in VisitScotland’s #ScotSpirit launch at the Scottish Parliament and highlighted the importance of tourism to Dumfries and Galloway, she said:
“I was delighted to see one of Dumfriesshire’s most iconic historic sites taking centre stage in the new VisitScotland advert. The Spirit of Scotland campaign fits very well with our region’s tourism strengths.”
The motion tabled by Joan McAlpine reads:
“That the Parliament welcomes the news that Dumfries and Galloway has been voted Holiday Destination of the Year by the readers of BBC Countryfile magazine; congratulates the communities and businesses whose hard work, it believes, has resulted in this long-overdue recognition of the region’s unique charms; understands that tourists enjoy natural attractions such as tranquil forests, astonishing wildlife, wonderful beaches, lochs and burns, as well as the UK’s original dark sky park; believes that the area is home to a thriving arts scene, an abundance of cultural attractions and a wealth of historical and heritage sites, and celebrates what it considers the world-class food, festivals and accommodation that it provides to visitors.”
MSP Joan McAlpine has congratulated Dumfries and Galloway’s communities and businesses on the region being voted Holiday Destination of the Year. She said the award, which was voted for by readers of BBC Countryfile Magazine, was a long-overdue recognition of the region’s unique charms and she has tabled a motion in the Scottish Parliament to mark the achievement.