Tourism demo day

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THERE ARE still opportunities for farmers in small scale tourism, experts will argue next week.

The Scottish Rural Property and Business Association (SRPBA) is holding a demo day next Thursday at Carfraemill, Lauder on diversification. Event sponsors Smiths Gore and Farmstay UK will talk about visitor accommodation businesses.

SRPBA’s head of policy, Sarah Jane Laing, said: “With many more families holidaying in Scotland, now is definitely the time to start considering the possibilities and remembering quirkiness and authenticity with a friendly welcome make all the difference.

“The demo day is for newcomers to find out from those who have been there, done it and got the T-shirt.”

The day will focus on the practicalities of small scale land tourism such as planning requirements, finance and safety issues but also provide ideas.

Scottish Borders Council representatives, estate managers and farmers who have diversified will take part.

Smiths Gore’s Craig Miles, who will talk about funding options and give planning advice, said: “Anyone with rural land they feel can be used for outdoor holiday accommodation including chalets, camping ground, caravan pitches, cottages or even a wigwam pitch should come to this event and find out more about how to get started.”

For more information contact joyce.karch@srpba.com or telephone 0131 653 5400.