Tour of Britain brings cash boost to Dumfries & Galloway

Crowds packed the streets of Castle Douglas for the Tour. Credit: ITV Border

A new study shows the Tour of Britain brought nearly £250,000 into Dumfries and Galloway.

Last September's major cycle race drew a crowd of 10,000 to Scotland's 'food town', Castle Douglas, which is where the First Stage of the race ended.

A report by national events agency EventScotland has found the Tour created an additional £241,277 (net) for the local economy.

This does not include any benefit provided by the media coverage the Tour generated for the town.

The Tour of Britain lived up to all expectations and 10,000 people enjoyed a great day out in Castle Douglas last September. As a Council we were able to promote the region as an attractive cycling destination and our efforts with other partner agencies paid off with the large numbers of visitors we enticed to Dumfries and Galloway to take in the Tour.

Councillor Colin Smyth, Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Events Champion