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Become a member of the SSDA/  'Scotland Starts Here'

Join our growing network to be a part of the South of Scotland’s leading consumer-facing ‘Scotland Starts Here’ destination marketing brand.   

 As a member, you will be listed on the hugely popular ‘Scotland Starts Here’ visitor app and website, which receives around half a million visitors a year, has a social media audience exceeding 70,000, and a total reach of over 2.4 million.  

 You will also be a part of the South of Scotland Destination Alliance (SSDA) community, where you’ll receive ongoing support, learn from industry experts and peers, be represented at the highest levels, gain access to specific data, trends and insights, and much more. 

 We want ‘Scotland Starts Here’ to be inclusive, welcoming and benefitting all of the South of Scotland’s visitor economy, so we have different levels of membership to suit different needs and budgets.   

 

 You can join as: 

Basic Member 

*New for 2024*

Free

Core Member

£85

 

Partner Member

£400

 

Bespoke Member

£1000 

 

 

Businesses are listed on the ‘Scotland Starts Here’ website by membership tier, so the higher the level of membership, the more visible businesses are to consumers.  Wherever possible, we prioritise the inclusion of Bespoke and Partner members as we develop new media, itinerary, travel trade, FAM (familiarisation) visits and commercial opportunities. 

If you are a supplier or industry partner we will increase your visibility on our B2B website rather than have a ‘Scotland Starts Here’ consumer listing. 

Learn more about the specific benefits of each membership level below. 

Basic Membership

We want our collective destination brand, ‘Scotland Starts Here’, to benefit every visitor economy organisation in the South of Scotland, which is why in 2024 we introduced a new, completely free, Basic level of SSDA membership. 

As a Basic member you will have a summary listing on the ‘Scotland Starts Here’ website and app, in one category, including: name of business, 160 characters of text and a link to your website.  Your listing will appear below all other membership levels. 

 As a Basic member you are welcome to attend SSDA events (at full cost), receive the Members’ bulletin and have access to the ‘Scotland Starts Here’ digital brand toolkit, logo and marketing collateral. 

Your company name (but not logo) will appear on the SSDA website. 

 

Or…for just the equivalent of 23p a day, unlock the power of ‘Scotland Starts Here’ by becoming a Core Member

 

Summary of member benefits

 

Benefit 

Basic (free) 

Core (£85) 

Partner (£400) 

Bespoke (£1000) 

SSDA newsletter 

Free 

Free 

Free 

Free 

‘Scotland Starts Here’ digital brand toolkit and logo 

Free 

Free 

Free 

Free 

‘Scotland Starts Here’ posters and marketing collateral  

Free to collect 

Free to collect 

Free to collect 

Free to collect 

Attendance at SSDA events including: Annual Conference, South of Scotland Thistle Awards, Webinars, training, etc 

Access 

Discounted access 

Discounted access 

One free ticket to any SSDA event 

Content of digital listing on ‘Scotland Starts Here’ Website and App 

Summary 

Full  

Enhanced 

Super-enhanced 

Max no. of categories a business listing is featured in (e.g. food and drink; accommodation) 

If a business group, max no. of business that can be listed 

Position of digital listing on ‘Scotland Starts Here’ Website and App 

4th tier (bottom) 

3rd tier  

2nd tier  

1st tier (top) 

South of Scotland image and video library  

 

Free use 

Free use 

Free use 

Entry in Travel Trade Directory* 

*If travel trade ready 

 

Summary 

Full  

Enhanced 

Entry in Travel Trade Newsletter* 

*If travel trade ready 

 

 

Summary 

Feature 

SSDA Development Agent check-in meetings 

 

Annually 

Six monthly 

Up to bi-monthly 

SSDA CEO check-in meetings 

 

 

Annually 

Up to quarterly 

Dedicated social media posts on SSDA / SSH channels 

 

 

Quarterly 

Every other month 

Feature in consumer newsletter  

 

 

 Annually

Bi-Annually 

Visibility on ‘Scotland Starts Here’ website 

 

 

 

Logo on hero banner 

Visibility on SSDA website 

Company name 

Company name 

Logo 

Logo at top 

Where possible, priority for media, itinerary, travel trade, Fam visits and commercial opportunities. 

4th  

3rd  

2nd  

1st  

 

Sponsorship

On request, we are happy to discuss developing commercial sponsorship opportunities.