Tourism bosses expect busy season

Jim Clarkson, VisitScotlands regional partnerships director.

Jim Clarkson, VisitScotlands regional partnerships director.

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Design shows, sporting events, music festivals and Highland games are just some of the events which are promising a bumper summer season in Angus and Dundee.

And with so many major events taking place across the region, tourism businesses are gearing up to welcome visitors and locals alike.

Jim Clarkson, VisitScotland’s regional partnerships director, said there will be no shortage of things to do throughout the summer, with the season already under way.

He said: “It is always great to hear about a number of exciting new events launching in Dundee and Angus, as well as seeing successful events continue, such as the tenth anniversary of Bonfest which culminated in the unveiling a statue of the former AC/DC frontman himself, Bon Scot, in Kirriemuir earlier this month.”

Dundee’s summer programme had a stylish start with the city’s first even designs festival, which coincided with

the Ignite Festival of Creativity which has taken place across the whole of May.

Mr Clarkson continued: “As the UK’s first UNESCO City of Design, the city and surrounding area are fully embracing the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design.

“From textiles to technology, architecture to fashion and design, the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design is shining a spotlight on Dundee and Angus’s greatest assets and icons, as well as its hidden gems.”

Earlier this year, VisitScotland launched its biggest ever global campaign and social movement – ‘Spirit of Scotland’ - is built on extensive research that shows that people think Scotland has a unique spirit.

Jim added: “Dundee and Angus has bags of ScotSpirit, with breath-taking landscapes, unique attraction, friendly locals and fun experiences wherever you go.

“I would encourage anyone visiting this summer to share their experience of the Spirit of Scotland through #ScotSpirit and in doing so, become part of a special movement with social, economic and charitable aims.”

“Tourism is more than a holiday experience – it creates jobs, sustains communities and provides a shop window for business activity.”