The south of Scotland's economy got a £6million boost from a number of festivals and events held last year.
Dumfries and Galloway hosted a series of special occasions including the Galloway Hills Rally and the Stranraer Oyster Festival that attracted 14,000 visitors.
VisitScotland’s Director of Events, said:
The region is now in preparation for a year of cultural tourism including international arts festivals and sporting events.
It will kick off with Big Burns Supper festival which will take place on the 25 January.
Scottish singer-songwriter and musician KT Tunsell is set to headline.
This will be followed in the Spring by the grand opening of the new National Centre for Children’s Literature and Storytelling at Moat Brae House in Dumfries.