Visitor numbers have soared at Linlithgow Palace since it became the showstopping backdrop to the Chanel Metiers D’Art show last December.
New figures from Historic Scotland show a 26 per cent rise in visitors to the site over the first six months of 2013, compared to the same period last year.
Historic Scotland, managers of the Palace, are currently developing plans to look at how the income generated from the event can be invested back into the site.
A local working group was set up by Linlithgow MSP Fiona Hyslop earlier this year to further enhance the area. Fiona said: “The Chanel Metiers D’Art show was a unique event which promoted Linlithgow and the Palace and I am delighted to see such a positive increase in visitors to the Palace in the first half of this year.
“From the outset I was keen to ensure that we looked at ways to maximise the impact, legacy and outreach from the event. At a community level, this started with keeping the catwalk for several weeks so that as many locals and visitors as possible could view it for themselves. It was also used to stage a special community event in January.
“In a broader sense, I also set up a local working group which brought together parties from across West Lothian to look at ways to maximise the potential of the area as a visitor destination.”
The fashion show also has netted media coverage worth £2.5 million for the town.