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Tourism boost for south-west Scotland

Scottish Tourism Minister Fergus Ewing is visiting a holiday park in the south-west of Scotland to find out how busy the region has been this summer.

Loch Ken Holiday Park, near Castle Douglas, has seen an increase in visitor numbers with the help of recent investment.

The area has enjoyed a busier year than usual with visitors coming from both sides of the Border as well as mainland Europe.

A national tourism report has shown a 21% rise in visitors to outdoor attractions across south-west Scotland.

Scottish Tourism Minister in south-west Scotland

Fergus Ewing will hear about Credit: ITV News Border

The Scottish Tourism Minister will be in Galloway later (27th August) to hear about initiatives to attract visitors to the area.

Fergus Ewing will visit the Loch Ken Holiday Park near Castle Douglas to discover how it has fared this summer and about plans for the 2014 season.


Full Report: Borders tourism on a summer high

As we head into the bank holiday weekend, it looks as if it has been a pretty good summer for tourism across the region, with businesses north and south of the border confident visitor numbers will be well up on last year.

It seems innovation is the key to success and Andy Burn went to see a high-flying attraction in South West Scotland.

Watch his full report below.

Tourism boost from the hot weather?

Tourism officials across the region say it is too early to assess the impact of this summer's record hot weather.

Some attractions are reporting an increase in visitor numbers, but it will be next month before exact figures are known.

A number of caravan sites across the south of Scotland said that the heatwave in July helped them secure the highest visitors numbers for seven years.

Businesses bathe in sunshine boost

Tourism bosses in the Lake District are expecting a bumper weekend following the hottest weather of the year so far.

The crowds have already been out in Bowness-on-Windermere today with the temperature reaching 25 degrees and many more are expected to arrive over the weekend.

Nigel Wilkinson is the Managing Director of Windermere Lake Cruises and says the boost is very welcome after last summer's washout:


Blacksmiths shop gets hitched to tourism royalty

The Gretna Green marriage anvil Credit: ITV News Border

Five Star Visitor Attraction status is being bestowed upon the Gretna Green Famous Blacksmith Shop.

The 300-year-old attraction is now officially in the same league as the Royal Yacht Britannia at Leith and the Glasgow Science Museum.

Visit Scotland is handing over a plaque to the shop, which attracts 750,000 visitors every year.

Only ten percent of visitor attractions graded under the scheme achieve the prestigious five star award.

Full report: Tourism boost plans for Cumbria

It is a tourism strategy that could bring thousands more visitors and millions more pounds to the Lake District.

Government Culture Secretary Maria Miller has outlined a partnership that intends to bring more international tourists to the UK.

International tourism is already a large part of the tourist industry in the Lakes and industry experts welcomed the plans, which seek to continue to boost the image of Britain after the success of last year's Olympic Games.

Andy Burn reports:

Full Report: Annandale Distillery to open in 2014

Scotland's most famous export could soon be bringing tens of thousands of tourists into Dumfries and Galloway.

The newest distillery in Scotland will be opened near Annan next year after a multi-million pounds investment.

It is the brain child of a former chemist who aims to create a tourist attraction at the distillery.

Professor David Thomson believes up to 50,000 people could visit.

Matthew Taylor reports:

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