South Ayrshire event organisers could benefit from Homecoming Year

23rd December 2008

<p>Event venues across South Ayrshire in Scotland stand to benefit from Homecoming Year, which will mark the 250th anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns.</p><p>The whole of Scotland will be celebrating on the weekend of 24th and 25th January next year, and Alloway in Ayrshire will be no different with hundreds of events planned to celebrate the life and times of one of Scotland's most famous sons. Event venues across the region will be looking to boost their January business to make up for a slower Christmas period, with the hospitality sector hoping to see a spike in tourism over the weekend.</p><p>Provost Winifred Sloan said: "As the birthplace of Robert Burns and the Open Golf Championship South Ayrshire attracts visitors from all over the world, and I can think of no better year to visit than in 2009."</p><p>Local retailers will be hoping that any boost in occupancy in local hotels and event venues will lead to more high street revenue to stimulate the local economy. </p><p>According to the Herald, the festivities are also to be promoted in the US as part of a wide-reaching advertising campaign.<br/><img alt="ADNFCR-1753-ID-18944278-ADNFCR" src="" /></p>