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Region’s role in visitor boom

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By Lisa Barbour

A NATIONAL tourism organisation has hailed the key role Dumfries and Galloway played in Homecoming Scotland 2014.

The high-profile event, which took place across the country, generated £136 million of additional revenue to the Scottish economy and encouraged more than 326,000 visitors to travel north of the border.
And VisitScotland says this region contributed to the success of the overall programme with a choice of events such as the Big Burns Supper, Annan Riding of the Marches and Moffat Sheep Races.
VisitScotland’s regional director Paula McDonald said: “2014 was quite simply an incredible year. Not only did we host some of the world’s greatest sporting events — the Commonwealth Games and the Ryder Cup — we did the best thing a country can do; we celebrated ourselves.
“From culture to food and drink, nature to ancestry, Dumfries and Galloway played an important role with being included in more than 1000 events across the country showing the world just how incredible the region and Scotland is — and visitors from home and abroad flocked to see us.”

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