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AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInDumfries and Galloway’s major festivals and events are one of the outstanding success stories of the region. That is the clear message being sent out by the regional partners who are delivering the Council led Major Festivals and Events Strategy 2014-2017.The investment provided by the Strategy is producing superb economic results from a host of high profile festivals, the Council can report.The Wigtown Book Festival, Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival, Spring Fling, Big Burns Supper and the Eden Festival are all reporting increasing numbers of visitors and economic impacts for the wider economy. All of these events are becoming stronger financially through the revenues they are securing and the market niches they are carving out within Scotland and the UK.The funded events of the strategy created a £10m windfall for the region from visitor and events expenditure in 2014, evaluation reports show, and 2015 will create a similar return. The figures demonstrate a superb return on the Council’s annual investment of £250,000 p.a.The forthcoming International Sheep Dog Trials, September 10-12 at Meikleholm Farm, will see a new influx of 10,000 plus visitors descend upon Annandale and Eskdale this Autumn. These visitors are expected to create a £1m plus spending boost.Spring Fling, the region wide open artists’ studio weekend continues to be a superb showcase for regional artists and attracts flocks of visitors. The event was worth more than £1.4m to the area this year with enthusiasts spending £262, 940 in the 95 participating studios. More than five and a half thousand people planned a trip to Dumfries and Galloway in May of this year specifically to visit Spring Fling.Councillor Colin Smyth, the Local Authority’s Events Champion said;The Council’s targeted investment since we adopted the Major Festivals and Events Strategy in November 2013 is developing for our region a rich seam of nationally and internationally significant festivals and events, that are sustainable for the foreseeable future. These events add to our quality of life and help agencies such as VisitScotland successfully market South West Scotland.We are fully mindful of the knowledge and skills events organisations in Dumfries and Galloway possess, and which they put to fantastic creative use, and the good fortune we have to benefit from such a strong relationship with agencies such as EventScotland the Holywood Trust. The £10m plus financial windfall for Dumfries and Galloway we are announcing for 2014 demonstrates a superb return on public sector investment from our grant support. The Strategy is a cornerstone of our work to bring economic benefit to the region and to concentrate on activities that develop our economy.There are many more great events projects in the pipeline and the Council is determined to make Dumfries and Galloway the best rural location for major festivals and events in Scotland. Our signature events are an outstanding success story for the region.”VisitScotland Regional Director Paula McDonald said;“The extensive and diverse range of high-quality events and festivals hosted throughout Dumfries & Galloway plays a major part in attracting visitors to the region and showcasing its incredible scenery, inspiring heritage, wonderful attractions and the amazing range of things there are to see and experience here. The value to the region’s tourism industry of a lively, engaging events and festivals programme is huge and we recognise that continued investment in that is critical to continued economic success and growth and are committed to supporting that through EventScotland funding.We are delighted that Dumfries and Galloway Council has measured the impact of the investment made into the 2014 events programme and the superb return which this has achieved, and congratulate the Council and all of the events’ organisers involved who have worked so hard to deliver such great results for Dumfries and Galloway. We look forward to seeing many more successes as the exciting 2015 events calendar continues to roll out.”Photo attached – Cllr Colin Smyth, the Council’s Events Champion, promotes the forthcoming Lockerbie Jazz Festival, Sheepdog Trials and Pack Up Your Troubles Festival. The Council has announced that major events are worth £10m to the regional economy each year.The Council monitors the financial, visitor and economic impacts of festivals and events funded through the Major Festivals and Events Strategy, 2014-2017. The very noticeable trend is of visitor growth across a clear majority of events.Key results include;Spring Fling has increased its economic impact for the regional economy from £1,084,723 in 2013 to £1,428, 897in 2015. Total visitor numbers to studios increased from 11,948 in 2013 to 13,206 in 2015 and the spend recorded in participating artists’ and craftmakers studios rose from £198,154 to £262,940 in the same two year period.The Wigtown Book Festival (delivered by the Wigtown Festival Trust) is committed to 7% increases in ticket sales and overall economic impact in the period 2014-2016. It met these targets in 2014 – The Festival attracted 7093 unique ticket purchasing visitors who bought a total of 14, 267 tickets. Visitors are now staying longer in Dumfries and Galloway, up to an average of 3.7 days per visitor coming to the Festival from outwith Dumfries and Galloway. 57% of all ticket purchasing visitors are from outwith the region. The Festival is now responsible for creating an economic impact each year of more than £2.3m.Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival saw audience numbers rise by a whopping 47% in 2015 – up to 5186 from 3524 in 2014. Total ticket sales rose from £19,229 to £30,379.Big Burns Supper saw a big increase in ticket sales and economic impact to the regional economy in 2015 and generates £10 for the economy for every £1 of DGC funding – its economic impact in 2015 was £436,000.The Eden Festival has superb growth potential. In 2015, aided by financial support from the Council, 30% more visitors took in the Festival in comparison to 2014.The 2014 World Curling Championships in Dumfries created a total economic impact of £894,269 (recorded via an economic impact study conducted by Ekos – an economic development consultancy) and the World Championship Ice Hockey tournaments the Council hosts all create a minimum economic impact of £170,000 to the regional economy – generated by £35,000 of grant expenditure on these World Championships by the Council.The Council is currently undertaking a joint study with the Wickerman Festival into its economic impacts, growth potential and competitive positioning. Past evidence suggests that the Festival is worth a minimum of £3m per annum to the regional economy and helps attract many thousands of new visitors to our region each year.
GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES Ryuta Yasui’s 18th-minute try for Kobe and a conversion by Kyohei Morita made it 7-3 after Nicholas had opened the scoring in the 12th minute. But moments after the Australian-born Japan international made it 7-6, Steelers ran rampant. Shohei Maekawa and Yoshikazu Ohashi each crossed in a span of five minutes. With Morita converting the first, the score stood 19-6. At that juncture, Pisi and Atsushi Hiwasa came off the bench, and Sungoliath began grinding their way into the final.Nine minutes after the intermission, Kensuke Hatakeyama crossed for Sungoliath, and eight minutes later Pisi put Suntory ahead for good with Nicholas converting both tries to make it 23-19.Daishi Murata scored a try in the 60th minute, and 10 minutes later Pisi scored on a drop goal to make it 31-19. Pisi added his second try in the 78th minute and Nicholas converted to complete the scoreline.Panasonic Wild Knights play Toshiba Brave Lupus in the second semifinal on Sunday. Defending Top League champions Suntory Sungoliath carried their unbeaten record into the playoff final with a come-from-behind 38-19 semifinal win over Kobe Kobelco Steelers on Saturday.After winning all 13 league games during the regular season, Sungoliath trailed 19-9 at the break with all nine points coming from Ryan Nicholas penalty goals. But it was all Suntory after Tusi Pisi came on as a substitute in the 33rd minute and finished with 13 points. Nicholas accounted for 15 points. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5
In the past 24 hours, we’ve been following the explosion of rumours linking Tottenham Hotspur to Paulo Dybala, who adds to Giovanni Lo Celso on the list of Argentines wanted by the club. And besides negotiating for the Juventus and the Real Betis players, the Spurs could have a third target, according to reports from Italy today.Website Calcio Mercato says Mauricio Pocchetino’s side are also keeping an eye on Ajax’s David Neres in case the negotiations for the other two guys collapse.It’s claimed that Spurs would be planning to beat Everton’s €50m offer for the Brazilian by making a bid of €60m.Embed from Getty ImagesThat’s the same amount they’ve been offering for Lo Celso according to Calciomercato, while it’s said the Spanish side keep demanding €80m for the midfielder.There a few issues with these claims. In Spain, it’s being insisted Tottenham haven’t gone higher than €50m for Lo Celso, and whilst Everton interest has been reported in Neres there’s no concrete claims of a €50m offer.Several reports from Brazil have been saying that Neres is very close to signing a new deal with Ajax, which would frustrate São Paulo’s plans of getting a percentage of a transfer.Neres, Dybala and Lo Celso all have different characteristics as footballers, so it wouldn’t make sense for one to be an alternative for another.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameIf You Like to Play, this City-Building Game is a Must-Have. No Install.Forge of Empires – Free Online GameUndoMisterStocksThese Hilarious Photos Were Captured On The SubwayMisterStocksUndo聽多多 Hearmore.asia1969年前出生的香港居民現可免費試戴頂尖的歐洲助聽器聽多多 Hearmore.asiaUndoRaid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadEven Non-Gamers Are Obsessed With This RPG Game (It’s Worth Installing!)Raid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadUndoSingles50Hong Kong: A 40+ Dating Site That Actually Works!Singles50UndoTheTopFiveVPNEnjoy Netflix Now Without Any RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPNUndoSmart Tech TrendOver 55? You Have to Try Those Revolutionary Glasses!Smart Tech TrendUndoLoans | Search AdsNeed a loan? Search hereLoans | Search AdsUndo熱門話題來自日本的抽脂丸讓胖了10幾年的她變成靚女!熱門話題Undo