McAlpine welcomes half million tourism plan for south Scotland

MSP Joan McAlpine has welcomed the announcement of a £500’000 investment to help promote the South of Scotland as a tourist destination.
The funding – which was revealed today by Minister for Tourism Alasdair Allan – will be used by Visit Scotland to market the region, and Ms McAlpine has said Dumfries and Galloway should feature prominently in the plans.
The SNP MSP commented:
“This is very welcome news from the Minister and will be a big boost for the region’s important tourism industry. I understand the campaign will be of an international nature highlighting South of Scotland as a region. Most people from abroad associate Scotland with the Highlands so It’s really important that they understand we have similar dramatic scenery, castles and wildlife outdoor pursuits.
“There are so many attractions in Dumfries and Galloway to market both to visitors, and people who live here in Scotland, from the fairy tale Caerlaverock Castle to Moat Brae – the birthplace of Peter Pan. The region also has some of the biggest events in Scotland’s cultural and music calendar, like Electric Fields and the Big Burns Supper – and world leading food and drink festivals.”
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