Date lodged: 13 August 2018
To ask the Scottish Government, further to the commitment in its Programme for Government 2017-18, what progress it has made in developing an action plan for Dumfries and Galloway, similar to the Tweed Valley action plan in the Borders.
Answered by: Fiona Hyslop 21 August 2018
The Scottish Government is currently undertaking a range of actions to support the development of tourism in Dumfries and Galloway, including the establishment a South of Scotland enterprise agency which will focus on supporting and developing the economy of the south of Scotland, including the tourism sector. In the interim, we have set up the South of Scotland Economic Partnership, drawing together the key public sector organisations supporting economic development in the South, including Dumfries and Galloway Council and VisitScotland. We are providing VisitScotland with £500k to specifically market both Dumfries and Galloway and the Borders over the next two years and will work closely with both local authorities to maximise the many attractions of the area. We are also providing Forest Enterprise Scotland with £500k to develop its tourism offer around the Tweed Valley and Galloway Forest parks. In addition we are also working, along with partners including Dumfries and Galloway Council, to develop potential projects that could form part of the Borderlands Inclusive Growth Deal, which will have significant benefits to the south of Scotland.