Dumfriesshire Tourism Conference

The conference is timed as the last major industry gathering before the main tourism season starts, and is focused on how every business can play its part in efforts to build the region as a tourism destination.

Good support for 'Destination Dumfries and Galloway'

Marshall Swalwell supports the idea Credit: ITV Border

Marshall Swalwell runs the Auchenlairie Caravan Park for 26 years and is a big supporter of Destination D and G, he told our reporter Ryan Dollard:

"At my Caravan Park we have a return rate of more than 80 per cent. That tells you that once people have experienced a holiday here they like it."

He added: "We just need to come together to get more people to make that first trip. Getting together as an industry we can market the total package we have to offer better. "

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Tourism conference shares ideas about how to get more visitors to D&G

Wilma Finlay, Chair of Destination D and G: Credit: ITV Border

Wilma Finlay said:"We need to get together and really let people know what a fantastic area this is to visit. We have beautiful scenery, stunning coastline and so many activities for all ages."

She added: "If we can persuade people to make the effort to give Galloway a chance I know they'll come back time and time again."

Tourism conference aims to find ways of getting more out of tourism for Dumfries and Galloway

The area's beautiful countryside could lure more toursts Credit: PA

Destination Dumfries & Galloway (DD&G), the region's private sector led tourism industry organisation has organised the conference.

It's titled 'Lets ALL make D&G a Tourism Destination' and calls for every business to play its part in building the tourism trade.

It includes keynote speakers and show visitor research carried out by Destination Dumfries and Galloway.

Duncan McConchie, Vice Chair of DD&G and Managing Director of Laggan Outdoor said:

"The key message of this conference is that it's up to every individual tourism business in the region to be part of developing Dumfries and Galloway as a tourism destination."

The day will also give information on projects that are under way to attract more visitors to Dumfries and Galloway.