TOURIST CEN­TRES TO CLOSE

Visit Scot­land will axe 39

Daily Record - - NEWS - LUCINDA CAMERON re­porters@dai­lyrecord.co.uk

VISITSCOT­LAND are to close al­most two thirds of their tourist of­fices af­ter foot­fall dropped 58 per cent in 10 years.

The na­tional tourism or­gan­i­sa­tion said two out of three vis­i­tors now ac­cess in­for­ma­tion on­line.

They plan to cut the num­ber of in­for­ma­tion cen­tres from 65 to 26 over the next two years.

Staff will be of­fered re­de­ploy­ment, re­train­ing or vol­un­tary re­dun­dancy.

Cen­tres ear­marked for clo­sure in­clude those at Ed­in­burgh and Glas­gow air­ports, In­ver­aray, Thurso, Aber­feldy and Brae­mar.

Those stay­ing open in­clude Ed­in­burgh, Glas­gow, St An­drews, In­ver­ness, Kirk­wall and Ler­wick.

De­ci­sions re­gard­ing the lo­ca­tion of re­gional hubs in Dum­fries and Gal­loway, the Bor­ders and the Outer He­brides will be made in the com­ing months.

In the mean­time, sites in Pee­bles, Jed­burgh, Gretna, Kirkcud­bright, Dum­fries, Tar­bert and Stornoway will op­er­ate as nor­mal.

VisitScot­land chair­man Lord Thurso said: “With three in four adults now own­ing a smart­phone, a key fo­cus is en­sur­ing our dig­i­tal com­mu­ni­ca­tions pro­vide suc­cinct ad­vice to vis­i­tors at ev­ery stage of their jour­ney.”

FO­CUS Lord Thurso

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