The Chair of Visit Scotland, Dr Mike Cantlay, has been in Dumfries and Galloway where he visited the site of Annandale Distillery.
He says that the region has a lot to offer both tourists and the people of Scotland:
The owners of a guest house in St Boswells are celebrating after winning a prestigious national tourism award.
Whitehouse Country House beat off competition from across the county to be crowned "Best Guest House".
The Scottish Thistle Award, organised by Visit Scotland, was presented to owner Angela Tyrer, at Kelvingrove Art Gallery in Glasgow.