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Hoteliers tee-d off at deals.

Byline: JAMES TAIT

HOTEL bosses in East Lothian have blasted tourist chiefs for offering visitors to the Open cheap rounds of golf - in Perthshire.

Mary Neilson, owner of the Templar Lodge Hotel in Gullane, said: "Everybody deserves a fair crack of the whip.

"The idea of promoting Perthshire but not East Lothian is just a load of baloney.

"The Open sells itself."

Chris Hansen, of the Open Arms Hotel in Dirleton, added: "There's a wealth of golf courses in East Lothian which are as good, if not better, than in Perthshire."

But a spokeswoman for VisitScotland defended the promotion.

She added: "One of the golf prizes on offer is in the Edinburgh and Lothian area."
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Date:Jul 20, 2002
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