Region relies on tourism

tourism was the topic of conversation last week when Borders MP Michael Moore met up with local tourism officials and representatives of the Scottish Youth Hostelling Association.

Tourism’s increasingly important role in supporting jobs in the region and the impact of the association’s plans to close youth hostels in Yarrow, Melrose and Kirk Yetholm were discussed and Mr Moore said afterwards: “A significant sector of our local economy is that of tourism.”

“These closure plans, which are deeply disappointing for the local communities in these areas, reflect the fact that the charity has been struggling to meet the running costs with relatively low demand. SYHA reported that they will review the situation with Broadmeadows Youth Hostel in Yarrow at the end of the season, but intend to press ahead with closing Melrose and Kirk Yetholm unless alternative concrete proposals are presented.”

“The meeting of course touched on the wider issue of the promotion of tourism in the Borders as a whole, which is raised with me on a regular basis.

“I will be meeting with Visit Scotland soon to discuss this issue.

“New tourism opportunities have been developing in Berwickshire in recent years and the Coastal Communities Fund, which I launched in St Abbs earlier this year, offers further support to develop our tourism potential.

“As more families choose to take their holidays in the UK, there is no reason why we should not be able to capitalise on this trend going forward, but it will take continued effort and co-operation.