Friday, 28 January 2011

Workshops for Tourism Businesses in Dumfries and Galloway

TOURISM businesses in Dumfries and Galloway are being encouraged to work together and learn about local events taking place.

A series of region-wide roadshows have been organised by Destination Dumfries and Galloway (DD&G) in Dumfries, Thornhill, Gretna, Gatehouse of Fleet and Stranraer.

Chairwoman of DD&G Wilma Finlay, who is also the managing director of Cream o’ Galloway, said: “Destination Dumfries and Galloway has been moving apace in order to bring together the energy and enthusiasm of the region’s tourism businesses to influence the public sector in how best to market our fantastic region.

“We also want to hear from tourism businesses about the training and development opportunities that would be most beneficial to them so that we can organise events at the most appropriate time of year and at an affordable price.

“By working together the industry can help Dumfries and Galloway to punch above its weight.”

The roadshows will provide a platform for tourism businesses to share their burning issues in a discussion forum and to network with other providers.

Dumfries and Galloway Council, LEADER, VisitScotland, Scottish Enterprise, DGArts, the Mountain Bike Business Network are some of the businesses who have already agreed to take part.

Ros Halley, rural development manager, Dumfries and Galloway LEADER Programme said:

“This will be an excellent opportunity for all tourism businesses to come together to learn about local strategies and activities in the area.

“Naturally LEADER recognises the value of tourism to the local economy and will continue to support the work of DD&G and all the many community groups in the region.”

Businesses can learn about new opportunities such as grants schemes for small businesses, how to be included in visitor guides as well as training and marketing techniques.

Councillor Roger Grant, chair of the council planning, housing and environment committee, added: “The council is keen to work with and support businesses in the region.

“There are bound to be common problems and ideas to share at the roadshows and I hope that useful solutions will also emerge.

“When business people meet, new opportunities can come to light.

“Dumfries and Galloway has creative and energetic people in its tourism industry and I know they will make the most of the chances that come their way, helping to improve our region’s economy.”

Anyone wishing to attend the event, is asked to contact inga@destinationdg.com
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