130 events took place as part of the festival, in addition to those organised as part of the annual Doors Open Day, which was also part of the festival programme. This was double the number of events held during the 2015 festival.
In total, 20,517 people were attributed to visiting sites and taking part in activities due to the festival, up more than 350 per cent on 2015.
Co-ordinated by Scottish Borders Council, with events organised by a range of organisations and businesses with a real passion for the region’s heritage, from Historic Environment Scotland to Borders Family History Society, the Borders Heritage Festival offered a huge selection of visits, walks, tours, workshops and events for local people and visitors.
Councillor Ron Smith, SBC’s Executive Member for Planning and Environment, said: “I am absolutely delighted that so many people took in the Borders Heritage Festival this year. It has grown year-on-year, and with 2017 the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, I am sure that this success will continue.
“The success of the festival is a real partnership effort, with all sizes of organisations stepping up to put on special events, including a wide range at our fantastic heritage locations right across the Scottish Borders.”
Doug Wilson, VisitScotland’s Regional Director added: “The Borders’ rich cultural, built and archaeological heritage is a tremendous asset. By bringing in visitors to the area, and encouraging local residents to visit sites right across the Borders, the festival has a positive impact on our local economy, which is particularly important towards the end of the traditional tourist season.
“The success of the 2016 Borders Heritage Festival is an excellent position to build on in 2017, the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology. With so many organisations benefiting from it, I am sure we will continue to see this festival develop in 2017 and beyond and really draw in visitors from across Scotland and the world to this fantastic part of the country.”
Notes to Editors
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- VisitScotland is Scotland’s national tourism organisation. Its core purpose is to maximise the economic benefit of tourism to Scotland.
- The organisation’s core objective is to contribute to the Tourism 2020 Strategy ambition of growing tourism revenues by £1 billion by 2020.
- This will be supported by seven overarching strategies:
- Marketing: we will market Scotland and its outstanding assets to visitors from all parts of the world, including the promotion of Scotland to people living in Scotland to visit different parts of the country
- Events: we will support the national events strategy and its delivery, and sustain, develop and promote Scotland’s international profile as one of the world’s foremost events destinations
- Internationalisation and International Engagement: we will utilise all our platforms to enable Scottish-based tourism businesses to better understand international opportunities and market to a global audience and we will work within One Scotland Partnerships to optimise the potential of Scotland’s Diaspora and our strategic partners at regional, European and global levels
- Customer Experience: we will provide information and inspiration to visitors both locally and globally via their preferred medium of choice
- Quality and Sustainability: we will provide support and advice to businesses, with the goal of improving the quality and sustainability of the tourism sector in Scotland. We will provide quality assurance to visitors through our Quality Schemes
- Inclusive Tourism: we will strive to make tourism in Scotland inclusive and available to all
- Working in Partnership: we will listen to and work with the industry, partners and communities to shape our offering and support
- VisitScotland works together with tourism businesses to make tourism a success for everyone and ensure the industry continues to grow.
- The organisation employs 700 people and has offices and VisitScotland Information Centres across Scotland.
- Spending by tourists in Scotland generates around £12 billion of economic activity in the wider Scottish supply chain and contributes around £6 billion to Scottish GDP (in basic prices). This represents about 5% of total Scottish GDP.
- The Scottish Government is the Managing Authority for the European Structural Funds 2014-20 Programme. For further information visit www.gov.scot or follow @scotgovESIF
- For VisitScotland’s press releases go to http://www.visitscotland.org/media_centre.aspx, tourism statistics and frequently asked questions go to http://www.visitscotland.org/
- Where possible, a Gaelic speaker will be made available for broadcast interviews on request (Far an tèid iarraidh, agus far am bheil sin nar comas, bruidhinnidh neach le Gàidhlig aig agallamh)
- For holiday information on Scotland go to www.visitscotland.com
- For information about business events in Scotland go to www.conventionscotland.com
2016 Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design
- 2016 will shine a spotlight on Scotland’s achievements in innovation, architecture and design through a wide-ranging, variety of new and existing activity.
- The Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design started on 1 January 2016 and will end on 31 December 2016.It will build on the momentum generated by the 2015 Year of Food and Drink as well as previous years including Homecoming Scotland 2014, the Year of Creative and the Year of Natural.
- Through a series of exciting events and activity, the year will showcase Scotland’s position as an “innovation nation”, its outstanding built heritage, and its thriving, internationally acclaimed creative industries sector.
- The Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design is a Scottish Government initiative being led by VisitScotland, and supported by a variety of partners including Creative Scotland, Architecture + Design Scotland, Scottish Tourism Alliance, Scottish Enterprise, The National Trust for Scotland, Historic Environment Scotland, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS).
- The Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design is supported by £570,000 of Scottish Government funding.
- The Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design events fund is managed by EventScotland, part of VisitScotland’s Events Directorate.
- Join the conversation at #IAD2016