According to the national press "Scotland's tourism industry has been given a huge shot in the arm" with the approval of plans for a major golf resort in the Scottish Borders.
Work is sceduled to start within months on the five-star complex, which aims to emulate the success of Gleneagles and Cameron House, after councillors voted to back the £50 million project.
The Scotsman report that the 150-room hotel, leisure club, restaurant and conference centre will be built next to the existing Rutherford Castle Golf Club, in Peebles-shire, which its new owners want to become Scotland's latest championship course.
It is expected to be transformed after the hotel is up and running at the end of 2010 and it is hoped the complex will attract about 100,000 visitors a year.
Manor Kingdom Estates, the property developer which has joined forces with De Vere on the West Linton scheme, has pledged it will create the first "truly world-class" resort in the Borders. Mark Cummings, a spokesman, said: "We believe our hotel will represent what the Scottish Borders aspires to offer its locals and its visitors over and above the mainstream available in central Scotland and that the Scottish Borders, if not Scotland as a whole, will benefit from this investment and new employment opportunities."
A spokesman for VisitScotland, which says Scottish golf tourism is worth about £300 million, said: "This is excellent news for the Scottish Borders. Capital investment and market positioning as a quality destination are vitally important to the tourism industry, with this project addressing both of these important drivers for success."
Full article at The Scotsman