“Scott left a huge global cultural and literary legacy and we’re delighted that the newly transformed Abbotsford is rekindling an interest in this great man.
"While we have always believed in the potential of Abbotsford and Sir Walter Scott to attract visitors to the region, these visitor figures have surpassed even our expectations and it’s heartening to see people from so many different countries, including the emerging markets of India and China, being drawn to this special place.
"We’re extremely pleased that this new chapter in Abbotsford’s life has been so warmly welcomed, bringing new people to enjoy not just Abbotsford but, we hope, other towns and attractions in the local area too.”
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