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WHO ARE VISIT SOUTH WEST SCOTLAND?

We are a legally constituted not-for-profit organisation committed to supporting tourism businesses of all types, to the development of tourism &  preservation of South West Scotland as a unique tourism area.

HOW DID VISIT SOUTH WEST SCOTLAND COME ABOUT?

Visit South West Scotland developed in 2015 from the Association of Dumfries & Galloway Accommodation Providers  (ADGAP). ADGAP was formed during 2002 by a group of accommodation businesses to satisfy the need for an independent support organisation for accommodation businesses.

WHAT IS THE CURRENT MAKE-UP OF VSWS?

Visit South West Scotland currently has members which include B&Bs, hotels, guest houses, camping and caravan parks,and self-catering businesses and visitor attractions . Businesses of any size are welcome providing that at least part of your turnover is from tourism e.g. shops, pubs, restaurants etc.  The committee consists of individuals with across the board business skills, including IT, management, marketing, legal and technical experience.   The group has a constitution based on sound democratic principles, with openness and communication with its members as a primary element.

WHAT SERVICES DOES VSWS PROVIDE CURRENTLY?

Visit South West Scotland provides a website www.visitsouthwestscotland.com free to members.   The organisation also offers independent information, assistance & advice to members on all tourism related matters.    Data on relevant issues is held on file.   Visit South West Scotland encourages the use of IT & provides advice to members who are less skilled in that discipline.   Visit South West Scotland will lobby on behalf of its members on any tourism related issues, and committee members meet regularly with VisitScotland and D&G Council. Visit South West Scotland also produces each year a leaflet listing all members; this is distributed both within and outwith the region.

We also promote South West Scotland and its businesses on Social Media – currently Facebook and Twitter

WHAT IS THE FUTURE ROLE FOR VSWS?

As the only constituted organisation presently representing tourism businesses in Visit South West Scotland expects to continue its involvement with VisitScotland at a local and national level.   The effectiveness of representation will depend on membership so that it is vitally important that tourism businesses join as soon as possible.  Visit South West Scotland will market our area and our member businesses using available funds.

HOW TO JOIN.

Membership can be applied for simply by going to the www.visitsouthwestscotland.com website & clicking on the link to be found on the website home page.   For applicants who have no Internet access at present, an application form can be made available by contacting Emily Geddenlogue 01988 402573

 
 
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