Subscription details - Scotland's online tourist guide
QUESTION
What does it mean to be a subscriber to Scotland's online tourist guide?
ANSWER
As a subscriber to Scotland's online tourist guide you will have the satisfaction that comes with supporting a crucial cog in Scotland's tourism machinery. Sure, you'll be mentioned on our Subscriber page, but ultimately you will be a subscriber because you wish to support Scotland, its tourist industry, and our role in that. In many ways we are really seeking sponsors, and subscription is perhaps an older word with a similar meaning. In Victorian times authors who might not otherwise have been able to afford to publish their book went down this same subscription road. The subscribers would give money, and in return they would be listed in the book. That's the basis of what I'm offering here, although in this case it's a website, not a paper book.

QUESTION
Why does Scotland's online tourist guide need subscribers?
ANSWER
At present, Scotland's online tourist guide is a spare-time activity undertaken as a hobby by the founder Edward Burns. In the absence of proper funding, it is impossible for Scotland's online tourist guide to reach many parts of the country, and as a result parts of Scotland do not at present feature in this website.

QUESTION
There are many tourist organisations. What is so special about Scotland's online tourist guide?
ANSWER
Scotland's online tourist guide bridges the gap between hype and reality. We've all been there: read the tourist bumf, thought something looked worth a visit, and got there to find a big disappointment. Our role is not to be critical of Scotland and what it has to offer. Our role is to give it as it is, to paint a real picture of what visitors can expect. It's no good planning a visit to a castle, for example, only to find it's a castle in ruins, the buses are every four hours, there is no cafe or inn, and the only toilet you will find is behind a bush.

QUESTION
Does Scotland's online tourist guide get many online visits?
ANSWER
We currently (August 2013 cpanel statistics) see almost 6,000 visits to our website each month. This equates to roughly 60,000 visits annually. The number of visitors to the website is constantly growing year on year.

QUESTION
How much does it cost to subscribe to Scotland's online tourist guide?
ANSWER
Minimum subscription, whether corporate or personal, is £1,000 per annum. The amount you subscribe each year may be any figure above this amount. The actual amount is entirely up to you.

QUESTION
How can I subscribe?
ANSWER
Contact me, Edward Burns, at, enquiries@thegoodsoupguide.co.uk giving an indication of how much you would like to subscribe.
Visitor growth at Scotland's online tourist guide