Kelso lines up topics for tourism conference

The Cross Keys Hotel in Kelso.
The Cross Keys Hotel in Kelso.

A successful year for local accommodation providers is expected to be reported to next week’s annual conference of the Scottish Borders Tourism Partnership (SBTP).

“The feedback I am getting is that it has been a very good season indeed,” said SBTP chairman Tom Burnham, who also heads up a group representing around 50 bed and breakfast businesses.

The tourism and events industry conference will take place in the Cross Keys Hotel, Kelso, on Tuesday, and will focus on food and drink, the main promotional theme for 2015.

There will also be a discussion on how tourism businesses can fully exploit the Borders Railway, which opens in September next year.

Meanwhile, the economic development group of Scottish Borders Council will go into private session today to discuss a report on VisitScotland’s tourist 
information centre (TIC) operations in the region in 2015/16.

VisitScotland’s funding from the Scottish Government is due to fall from £50.3million to £39.7m over that year.