Scotland is encouraging Australians and New Zealanders to find their ancestry this year with its already massively successful tourism campaign Homecoming Scotland 2009.
Homecoming Scotland 2009 celebrates the 250th anniversary of Robert Burns’ birth and revolves around five themes including golf, whisky, great minds, innovation and the regions culture and heritage.
A core theme running throughout the year will be ancestry, where millions of Australians and New Zealanders will be able to claim their Scottish roots with a click of a button at the dedicated centre.
“You just type in your surname and you can search your history…and straight away you can see your record on screen” said Andrew Moffatt, VisitScotland International PR Executive, to e-Travel Blackboard at the 2009 Destination Britain and Ireland.
Aussies and Kiwis can also throw in some of their Scottish memories at www.forestheritagescotland.com for the Ancestral Leaves project. Visitors can upload their fond memories, tales and photos of the region.
This month and in June the region expects to welcome 30,000 more visitors due to Whisky month which celebrates five hundred years of Scotch whisky with a free exhibition entitled ‘From the Vaults: Whisky and the Scots’.
For more information visit www.homecomingscotland.com
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: J.L