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Impact of Tour to be calculated

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By Fiona Reid
Dumfries and West

A STUDY into the economic impact of the Tour of Britain 2016 on the region has been commissioned.

And the results will be known in December.

Castle Douglas hosted the finish line for day one of the road race last week – the ninth time that Dumfries and Galloway has been involved.
Thousands of visitors tuned up, giving a boost to the town’s shops and businesses.
Meanwhile, Dumfries and Galloway Council have paid tribute to the all the agencies and organisations that helped make this year’s Tour of Britain a success locally.
The council brought together a partnership to secure and deliver the Scottish stage, including EventScotland, Police Scotland and Scottish Cycling on a national level and the Castle Douglas Development Forum locally.
The local authority is confident the race will return in future years and Councillor Colin Smyth said: “The residents and businesses of Castle Douglas really embraced the event and I’m pleased all the planning paid off in style. We have received very positive feedback from all stakeholders for the work of everyone involved. The event showed that the council can successfully attract internationally renowned events to Dumfries and Galloway, which is so important when it comes to our number one priority- building our local economy.”

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