New interactive website to boost tourism in Perth and Kinross
A new interactive website has been launched to help boost tourism across Perth and Kinross.
Run by Perth & Kinross Council, Perth and Kinross Visitor Advice provides a portal where tourists can find out the latest information about where to go, what to see and what to do.
It also provides practical advice such as the do’s and don’ts of camping, details of roads closures or restrictions and where to find public toilets.
Using the CommonPlace platform, the website also lets people use a map to leave their own comments about where they visited, what they enjoyed and what could be changed to make things better for future tourists.
The website has been created by the Visitor Management Working Group, which is led by Perth & Kinross Council and involves organisations such as Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue and Forestry & Land Scotland to manage the 2021 tourist season.
Its work focuses on three areas: engagement, enforcement and infrastructure.
Councillor Angus Forbes, Perth & Kinross Council’s convenor of environment and infrastructure, said: “This website is another important tool in our visitor management programme.
“Last year we were inundated with visitors and while the vast majority of those were well-behaved and considerate of others, a small number were not.
“Along with the other work we are doing, such as the appointment of Visitor Rangers, this website will help people enjoy Perth and Kinross considerately.
“It will also give visitors the chance to say what we’re doing well and what we can be doing better. Their feedback will help us to continue making improvements.
“Tourism is a major part of our economy and we want to make the visitor experience as positive as possible for everyone.”
Last year lockdown restrictions led to an influx of visitors to Perth and Kinross beauty spots such as Loch Clunie and Loch Tummel.
While the majority of tourists behaved responsibly and took care to protect the landscape, a minority engaged in littering, dirty camping and other anti-social behaviours
To help prevent similar occurrences this year, Perth & Kinross Council recruited seven temporary visitor rangers to patrol beauty spots and areas popular with campers.
They’re reminding visitors of their responsibilities and act as a point of contact for local residents who wish to raise any issues or concerns.
They also carry Dig It kits which are given to campers so they can dispose of human waste responsibly.