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By Fiona Reid
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Reconnecting the South of Scotland with the world

A BRAND-NEW virtual pilot event is set to link tourism businesses from Dumfries and Galloway with global tour operators and travel agents.

Scotland Reconnect 2020 takes place from 23-25 November and will offer international travel agents and tour operators, or ‘buyers’, the opportunity to connect and do business with Scottish suppliers online.

Up to 200 buyers from the USA, Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Holland, Scandinavia, Australia and Brazil will undertake virtual meetings with Scottish tourism businesses.

And representing this area will be the Annandale Distillery, the Cairndale Hotel and the Devils Porridge Museum.

The South of Scotland Destination Alliance, the newly formed destination management organisation for the region is also attending the event, organised by VisitScotland.

Paula Ward, VisitScotland regional leadership director, pictured above, said: “This year has been extremely challenging for tourism businesses, not only in Dumfries and Galloway, but right across Scotland.

“We look forward to reconnecting international buyers with our amazing tourism businesses in the South of Scotland to demonstrate the strong tourism product this region has to offer its visitors, to secure business for the future and to ensure the recovery of our international markets in 2021 and beyond.

“Demand is building and we will continue to support tourism businesses so that when the time is right, we are ready to offer a warm welcome back to our international visitors.”

Jemma Reid, from the South of Scotland Destination Alliance, added: “At a time when we are looking at how best to support our region’s recovery through covid, it’s vital that we keep focused on future product and business development so that we can be ready to welcome visitors from across the world again when we can.

“The South of Scotland has shaped our nation’s history and culture for centuries – it is the region where Scotland truly starts and we’re excited to put it on the map.”

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