Scottish Borders Tourism Partnership welcomes 500th member

Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, today welcomed Eyemouth Harbour Trust as the 500th Member of the Scottish Borders Tourism Partnership. The Minister was in Galashiels to meet members of the Partnership to discuss the tourism industry in the Scottish Borders.

The Scottish Borders Tourism Partnership is the lead association for all tourism businesses in the Scottish Borders. It is made up of 500 private sector businesses who work in partnership with organisations including Scottish Borders Council, Scottish Borders Chamber of Commerce, Live Borders, VisitScotland, Scottish Enterprise, the Southern Upland Partnership, Scotrail and Border Buses to stimulate development and promote the local tourism offering.

Will Haegeland, Chair of the Scottish Borders Tourism Partnership said:

“We are delighted to welcome Fiona Hyslop to the Scottish Borders and particularly that she can help us celebrate our 500th member to the Scottish Tourism Partnership. With its new management committee, the tourism partnership is now truly an organisation run by the tourism industry for the tourism industry in the Scottish Borders. The re-opening of the Borders Railway has encouraged the focus on the region as a key tourism destination with a vast opportunity for further growth. The potential ripple effect has inspired new momentum of industry innovation and product development across the whole region. This is just at its beginning and through collaborative cross industry working with the Scottish Borders Tourism Partnership at the lead, we can ensure a strategic and successful route forward.”

Paula Ward, VisitScotland Regional Director said: 

“We were delighted to welcome the Cabinet Secretary to the Scottish Borders today to mark the momentous occasion of welcoming the 500th member to the Scottish Borders Tourism Partnership.

“Tourism is the heartbeat of the Scottish economy, causing a ripple effect which touches every industry and community, creating employment and economic growth. By working closely with communities and business groups like the Scottish Borders Tourism Partnership, together we can shine a spotlight on this region as a truly unique and outstanding place to visit.”

Photograph left to right:  Fiona Hyslop Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, James Walker Eyemouth Harbour Trust Representative, Will Haegeland Chairman of Scottish Borders Tourism Partnership, John Henderson Vice Chair of Scottish Borders Tourism Partnership, Paula Ward Regional Director Scottish Borders VisitScotland.

For further information contact Will Haegeland 07957 463270 will@grapevinetalking.co.uk

For more information on the Scottish Borders Tourism Partnership visit: scottishborderstourismpartnership.co.uk

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