GLASWEGIANS are being urged to support the tourism industry in its “time of need” as visitor attractions re-open today.

Tourist destinations that will reopen this week include Glasgow Botanical Gardens and Paisley Abbey.

The Glasgow Police Museum will fully reopen next week while museums and art galleries prepare to welcome guests in August and September.

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Visit Scotland has outlined five simple actions that people can take to help restart the visitor economy, including taking a trip, visiting an attraction or experience, shopping locally, dining out and booking a staycation.

The campaign will run on social media with VisitScotland asking Scots and the tourism industry to share the message with their friends and customers, encouraging them to #take5fortourism.

Malcolm Roughead, chief executive of VisitScotland, said: “Scottish tourism is facing its biggest challenge in a generation and will need financial support for some time to come to help it recover.

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"It’s easy to not think of yourself as a tourist in your own country but many of the experiences that we often enjoy with loved ones, such as holidays, shopping or eating out, all contribute to our visitor economy.

“July 15 marks a new era for the industry as we start to welcome back visitors and take our first steps on the road to a safe and responsible recovery. We look forward to helping Scots rediscover their own country in a way that is safe for everyone - visitors, residents and those working within the industry. Recovery will require our collective efforts and we must act as one to ensure the best possible outcomes for the whole of the visitor economy.”