Scottish Borders travel restrictions lifted

NEW YORK -- Travel restrictions in the Scottish Borders area, which was affected by hoof-and-mouth disease, were lifted June 22, according to the Scottish Borders Tourist Board.

A spokesman for the board said the the "news has not come a moment too soon for the borders tourist industry.

Although the region has only had 11 confirmed cases of [the livestock disease], there have been widespread restrictions on access, and these have had a serious impact on tourism businesses."

Tourism in Scotland employs 193,000 people and normally injects $3.7 billion per year into the economy.

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