Neil Christison has promised 2020 will be a year to remember in the Forth Valley area.

VisitScotland regional director Neil is looking to the year ahead after a great year for tourism in the area.

Neil said: “Our reputation as a quality destination relies on continued investment, innovation and collaboration to ensure that current provision meets future demand.

“Examples of this include plans for the Stirling and Clackmannanshire City Region deal are taking shape with the two local authority areas working together to make some game changing investments to the regional tourism offering.

“There are also transformational plans for a National Tartan Centre in Stirling, as well as £15 million for capital projects specifically relating to heritage, culture and tourism, across the two regions.”

Last year saw plenty of exciting ventures across Forth Valley and Neil also mentioned the plans for the new Falkirk Distillery which is set to open later this year.

There has also been additional funding secured through the National Lottery Heritage Fund for the Japanese Garden in Clackmannanshire to further enhance its visitor experience.

Neil added: “2020 is the start of a new decade and a chance to grow Forth Valley’s tourism offering even further – and I am confident that together we are more than up to the task.”