Date lodged: 27 October 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to promote Galloway as a visitor destination, and what future plans it has.
Answered by: Fiona Hyslop 21 November 2017
The Scottish Government provides funding for VisitScotland to promote Scotland, highlighting aspects and strengths of Scotland. VisitScotland have recently worked with Stena Line to brand up their arrival hall at Cairnryan with some local artwork to encourage visits to this area.
Forest Enterprise Scotland will continue to work with VisitScotland in promoting Galloway Forest Park and the Dark Sky Park in addition to providing infrastructure and visitor services, building on the estimated 433,640 visitors during 2016.
The Scottish Government set out in the Programme for Government our ambition for promoting the south of Scotland and Ayrshire as a tourism destination for coastal and forest tourism activities. We will continue to work with partners to promote tourism, particularly for heritage, culture and creative arts, wildlife and green tourism and local food and drink.
The future location of a substantive part of the Galloway Hoard will also provide opportunities for Galloway as a visitor destination.