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Increase in Scottish Borders tourism

There's encouraging economic news from the Scottish Borders.

In its annual report, the local council says it has seen a slight increase in the number of people visiting towns there.

A one percent increase for the previous year, compares with successive decline over the past two years of 7.9 and 7.6 per cent across the region.

A growth in so called footfall was noted this year in all town centres except Hawick and Peebles.

“Whilst there are significant challenges and pressures faced by our town centres from the economic downturn and the rise in the use of internet shopping, this survey does give some grounds for hope.

“The Council is very conscious of the vital role that our town centres play in the economic and social life of the Borders and will continue to promote projects aimed at improving their future prospects.

"Projects have included town centre improvements in Melrose and Galashiels, and there are town heritage projects in Kelso and Selkirk being taken forward.”

– Councillor Stuart Bell, Executive Member for Economic Development, Scottish Borders Council

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