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


SSDA Membership 

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 85,000, 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 benefit all of the South of Scotland’s visitor economy, so we have different levels of membership to suit different needs and budgets.   

Collaboration works - Why join the SSDA

👉 Be part of one of the fastest growing DMO’s - join the 654 members gaining benefit from membership

👉 Get your business seen - The 'Scotland Starts Here' Website has 55k visitors monthly, and growing. 

👉 Face-to-face networking opportunities - Share best practice and industry knowledge at one of our networking events, join tourism specialists and fellow businesses and unlock the power of collaboration

👉 Free Imagery - Access 10,000+ high quality, royalty-free images in the SSDA media library

👉 Travel Trade - Benefit from our work with international visitors and travel trade networks.

Which membership is right for your business?

Take your business to the next level with our Partner Membership. £400 + VAT 

 This package offers enhanced support and engagement, as a formal Partner of the SSDA.  

 Beyond all the benefits of our Core Membership, this level also offers a quarterly opportunity to be promoted across our social media channels.

 As a Partner Member you will have an enhanced listing, which will be amongst the most visible on the ‘Scotland Starts Here’ website (appearing above all Basic and Core members) and your listing can be featured in up to four categories.  Your listing can include: up to 15 images, a short video, unlimited text, and links to your website and social media.   

 If you are business group, as a Partner member, you can have up to two separate business locations listed on ‘Scotland Starts Here’. 

 If Travel Trade ready, you will have a listing on our Travel Trade Directory and will be considered for tailored FAM trip planning, travel trade newsletter inclusion and representation at national and international trade events and shows. 

 Your company name and logo will appear prominently on the SSDA website. 

 We have a close relationship with Partner Members and you will be able to schedule annual check-in meetings with the CEO of the SSDA, David Hope-Jones OBE, to share your priorities and discuss how the SSDA can support your business.  You can also have six-monthly check-ins with a named Development Agent. 

 All this for little more than £1 a day!   And we can offer a 50% discount for charities joining at Partner level. 



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