Midlothian and the Scottish Borders secure £350,000 tourism funding boost

Borders Railway steering group launch

Action group will benefit tourism businesses

An action group set up to develop the tourism industry in Midlothian and the Scottish Borders has today unveiled its plans to use a £350,000 funding boost to benefit businesses in both areas.

It's a 2 year project

Engaging with both the wider tourism sector outside of the Borders Railway corridor and businesses along the line, the two year project has secured £150,000 from the Borders Railway Blueprint Group, and a further £200,000 from Scottish Enterprise’s Tourism Destination Development Fund to implement the plan.

We are looking to capitalise on the Borders Railway

Looking to capitalise on the initial tourism boost delivered by the Borders Railway which opened in September 2015, Midlothian Tourism Forum and the Borders Tourism Partnership collaborated to set up the new action group, Midlothian and Borders Tourism Action Group (MBTAG).

Pictured are representatives from tourism businesses across Borders and Midlothian. From left to right: Director and coach of Ridelines in the Borders Andy Weir, Andrew McDonald, the general manager of Butterfly World in Midlothian, Matt Dvorak, the waiter from Ochiltrees at Abbotsford House in the Borders, FishPal Gillie Tom Davies and Dougie Harvey, the operations manager from Midlothian Snowsports Centre.

18 Jan 2017