Figures made available from VisitScotland, show that Easter was a bumper weekend in this Homecoming year.
Footfall through the VisitScotland Information Centres in the Borders - based in Eyemouth Museum, Hawick, Jedburgh, Selkirk Museum, Kelso, Melrose and Peebles - saw an overall 15% increase from Good Friday to Easter Monday compared to last year’s Easter break.
In total, 22,00 visitors set foot in the region’s Information Centres, with Peebles Information Centre topping the list by welcoming 475 visitors through its doors this Easter, up 28% on last year.
The VisitScotland Information Centre network is a unique face-to-face channel engaging with around five million visitors and locals each year. Everyone who uses a VisitScotland Information Centre goes on to spend an additional £5.35, generating over £24 million for Scotland’s economy.
The figures are a welcome boost to the region’s tourism industry, which is gearing itself up for a busy summer season, with major prestigious events taking place including the Commonwealth Games and The Ryder Cup as well as the continuation of the extensive Homecoming Scotland 2014 programme.
A wide range of events from the Homecoming Scotland 2014 programme are also taking place throughout the Borders.
Paula McDonald, Regional Director for VisitScotland, said: “The great Easter visitor numbers have provided a real boost to tourism in The Scottish Borders and I’m delighted that so many of our local tourism attractions and businesses had such a busy time.
“Our Visitor Information Centres across the region performed extremely well; they each have a dedicated team of knowledgeable staff who provide both information and inspiration to visitors to the region as well as local people, and they play an integral part in helping the tourism industry here.
“I am sure our region’s tourism industry will continue to work well together to capitalise on the opportunities presented by the major events taking place this year such as the Commonwealth Games, The Ryder Cup and Homecoming Scotland 2014.”