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Business in the Scottish Borders and Lothians are being urged to boost their digital skills as part of Scottish Tourism Month.


Midlothian and Scottish Borders-based tourism businesses are set to harness the power of digital at an interactive event next week (Tuesday, 20 February).

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A series of ambitious ideas to transform Galashiels and Tweedbank and encourage people to come to the whole of the Borders have been unveiled.


An action group set up to develop the tourism industry in Midlothian and the Scottish Borders has unveiled ‘Going Beyond’, a guide to help businesses working with the travel trade. Midlothian and Borders Tourism Action Group (MBTAG) say the purpose of the publication is to provide businesses in the area with information and intelligence that will help them attract more overseas visitors. It covers topics from how to generate more longer staying and higher spending visitors to ensuring long-term partnerships with third-party booking agents, tour operators and wholesalers are brokered. It can also help businesses understand transnational consumer needs, motivations and different travel styles, as well as language, cultural and culinary requirements.


Planning permission has been granted to create a new home for the Great Tapestry of Scotland in Galashiels. Work on the £6.7m project will begin next year and it is due to open in spring 2020. It is expected to attract more than 50,000 people to Galashiels each year and create 16 jobs. Under the plans the former Post Office will be converted and the empty Poundstretcher demolished. The 143m long tapestry was stitched by more than 1,000 volunteers and details the history of Scotland..


A string of council-backed events across the Borders have been estimated to generate nearly £6m for the region. A report has detailed the scale of the economic contribution from tournaments and festivals across the area. Scottish Borders Council said it aimed to maximise the "financial leverage" from its investments. It said the local authority would keep working with outside organisations to expand existing festivals but also try to attract "new, exciting events"...


Midlothian warms up for some festive family fun this winter Midlothian is the place to be this winter, with a jam-packed programme of festive fun on offer for the county’s first ever Winter Festival! The programme has been put together by Midlothian Tourism Forum and Midlothian Council, in a bid to help boost local businesses and visitor attractions and to encourage more visitors to the area. From November through to February, you’ll find a range of entertaining events and activities which are sure to suit every age and interest.


Major funding packages totalling £3.4 million have been secured to revitalise the centre of Gorebridge and turn a disused building at Newtongrange railway station into a community space and bistro. The Borders Railway Blueprint Programme, set up to maximise the economic opportunities of the line supported by £10 million of Scottish Government money, agreed match funding of £1,038,000 for ‘Gorebridge Connected’ and a further £191,000 for the Newtongrange, Track2Train initiative. The Blueprint commitments bring the total amount to be invested in both projects from various sources to £3.437 million....