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Article published 02/08/2023

Tourism businesses and individuals working within the tourism industry in the South of Scotland are being encouraged to have their say in the development of a new responsible tourism strategy for the region.

We are one of five partners involved in the development of the strategy, alongside the South of Scotland Destination Alliance (SSDA), South of Scotland Enterprise (SOSE), Scottish Borders Council and Dumfries & Galloway Council.

All partners are committed to ensuring that the strategy and action plan are informed and owned by local businesses, communities and public agencies to ensure the process is an inclusive and progressive as possible.

Ways to get involved and have your say:

  • SSDA will facilitate a series of local in-person meetings across the region throughout August and September. For more information on a meeting in your area, go to the SSDA Eventbrite page
  • a series of themed digital workshops kicked off on Friday 21 July when representatives from the food and drink sector were invited to attend an online event. For more information on this event and other sectoral meetings coming up, visit the SSDA Eventbrite page
  • feedback will be sought from visitors and key stakeholders will be invited to take part in online sessions.

Online survey

This survey aims to engage with residents, businesses, and community organisations, to gather valuable insight and perspectives on the tourism industry across the region.

Share your views

The development of a responsible tourism strategy and action plan for the South of Scotland supports our ambitions for Scotland to be a world leader in 21st century tourism.

Alongside partners we are working with our industry and visitors to ensure we are taking collaborative action to protect Scotland’s world-famous natural assets and renowned tourism offering, with a focus on responsible tourism for a sustainable future.

We would encourage the tourism and events industry in the South of Scotland to get involved in the development of this strategy and work together to make Scotland a better place for people to live and visit.

Gordon Smith, VisitScotland Destination Development Director

The first draft of the strategy will be published in the autumn.

For more information, visit the South of Scotland Destination Alliance website.

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