An investigation into whether the sporting and cultural events in the Scottish Borders have contributed to regional development
(2014) An investigation into whether the sporting and cultural events in the Scottish Borders have contributed to regional development, no. 61.
This research investigates the event industry in the Scottish Borders and if it has contributed to the regional development. A literature review identified that very little research has been conducted into regional development and events, however a framework was identified in order to structure the research. To achieve this research key objectives were set out; • To investigate the event portfolio in the Borders and its links to regional development • To find out if the event industry and Scottish Borders Council are working together to promote events • To identify how the Borders attracts and retains visitors to events and the region A qualitative approach was taken for this research, this included 6 semi-structured interviews, 1 telephone interview and 5 questionnaires. All participants had some involvements with either the local council or events with the Scottish Borders. The data from interviews was transcribed and categorised into key themes in order to answer the research question. The research revealed that the Borders has a thriving event portfolio, which is growing every year. Events have certainly contributed to the regional development and the greatly anticipated railway is expected to increase tourism within the region. A potential future research area was also identified.