Scotland Starts Here

Scotland Starts Here is our consumer facing brand, with half a million website visitors, over 25,500 app users, over 70,000 social media followers  and a total reach of over 2.4 million.

By joining SSDA you will be listed on Scotland Starts Here and be part of an inclusive, supportive network which is powering the South of Scotland’s visitor economy.

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What can we do for you ?

By Becoming a Member..

Membership of SSDA will bring a host of tangible benefits to individual businesses, local marketing groups, suppliers, events, and social enterprises. As a member you will benefit from:

PLACE BRAND MARKETING

Putting the South of Scotland on the map through ‘Scotland Starts Here’ and driving a sustainable increase in visitors to the area. This will be done through; SSH Website, SSH APP and SSH Social Media channels which include Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and TikTok.
Dedicated marketing campaigns and collaborative marketing campaigns with partners.

INDUSTRY REPRESENTATION 

SSDA has direct representation to government and  campaigns for sector recognition and investment as well as global representation at travel trade conferences and events.

DIGITAL IMPROVEMENT

Engage with your customers more effectively, maximising customer communication opportunities, meet evolving consumer expectation and reach audiences effectively including having excellent online visibility and bookability.

BUSINESS AND PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT

Fulfil business potential through innovation, collaboration, creativity, and diversification.

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Membership of the SSDA is open to all tourism, hospitality and leisure businesses
and organisations across the South of Scotland.

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IMPACT

Since our inception the impact we have had on our Members in the South of Scotland has been huge

Members

People engaged with SSDA
on training and events

Growth in social
following on SSH

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