Connecting 2020 - Roadshow Programme

Thursday 10th, 6pm - 9pm - Shetland Welcomes Scottish Tourism Week

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  • Location: Shetland Museum Auditorium. Hays Dock, Lerwick, ZE1 OWP
  • Summary of Event:
    An Informal evening with guest speakers and a buffet. Our keynote speaker will be Mr Stephen Leckie, Chairman of the Scottish Tourism Alliance and Chief Executive of Crieff Hydro. We will also be welcoming Mr David Allen, Director – Scotland of people 1st who will be speaking about the World Host programme following Lerwick town centre receiving World Host Destination status in 2015.
  • Price: TBC
  • Website: http://www.shetlandtourismassociation.org
  • Contact Name: James Tait (Chair, Shetland Tourism Association)
  • Contact Phone: 07880 950228
  • Contact E-mail: info@island-trails.co.uk
  • Twitter Handle: ZETourism
  • Capacity: 60

Friday 11th, 9.30am - 3pm - 2016 Scottish Borders Tourism Conference

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  • Location: Tower Mill, Hawick
  • Summary of Event:
    At this year’s Scottish Borders tourism conference we will celebrate the Year of Innovation, Architecture & Design and welcome a number of inspirational speakers. Sheila-Mary Carruthers has 45 years of global design experience in textiles, knitwear and fashion, architect and planner Mark Douglas, Willie Macleod of the British Hospitality Association and Cathy Craig, Commercial Director at Abellio Scotrail. 
    Attendees will also have the chance to network with new and existing colleagues as well as making connections at selected partner stands over lunch.   
  • Price: Free, advanced booking required
  • Website: http://bordersconference2016.eventbrite.com/?aff=Connecting2020
  • Contact Name: Deborah Smith
  • Contact Phone: 0131 472 2110
  • Contact E-mail: deborah.smith@visitscotland.com
  • Capacity: 108

Friday 11th, 10am - 12pm - Wester Ross tourism development strategy launch

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  • Location: Attadale Gardens, Attadale, Strathcarron, Wester Ross
  • Summary of Event: 
    There will be a short presentation from Marc Crothall, CEO of the Scottish Tourism Alliance. The event will carry a message that “tourism is everyone’s business” along with a look at findings from the mid – term review of the National Strategy.   Finally, the official launch of the Wester Ross tourism development strategy will take place. It is anticipated that a number of local businesses will be present, along with representatives of Visit Wester Ross and other organisations active in the Wester Ross & Highlands tourism industry. Teas / coffees will be available for attendees
  • Price: N/A
  • Website: http://www.visitwester-ross.com
  • Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/Wester.ross
  • Contact Name: Douglas Gibson
  • Contact Phone: 01445 712085
  • Contact E-mail: contact@visitwester-ross.com
  • Capacity: 30

Friday 11th, 10am - 12pm - Orkney's Wildlife meets Tourism

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  • Location: RSPB Cottascarth Hide
  • Summary of Event:
    Orkney Tourism Group has joined forces with the RSPB and Orkney Food and Drink to showcase some of the many assets the islands offer. Orcadian nature and wildlife attracts a huge amount of visitors every year and this event will give tourism businesses the opportunity to learn a little more about this resource as well as meet, network and share success stories.
  • Price: Free
  • Website: www.visitorkney.com
  • Contact Name: Kerry Wilson
  • Contact Phone: 01856 230300
  • Contact E-mail: kerry@visitorkney.com
  • Capacity: 50

Friday 11th, 6pm - 8pm - Outer Hebrides Tourism: Connected!

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  • Location: Harris Distilliery, Tarbert, Isle of Harris
  • Summary of Event:
    The Hebridean Way cycle route 'from the Butt to Barra' will be officially launched during the day (details to be announced) and the Eat Drink Hebrides food trail will go live in the evening. There will be inspirational talks and presentations at the Harris Distillery late afternoon and evening with a focus on food and drink and ancestral tourism opportunities on the islands. Local food, drink and music will feature in the networking evening following the formalities.
  • Price: Free, advanced booking required
  • Website: www.outerhebridestourism.co.uk
  • Contact Name: Mairi Thomson
  • Contact Phone: 07717 283012
  • Contact E-mail: mairi@outerhebridestourism.org
  • Twitter Hashtag: #OHT2016
  • Capacity: 100

Friday 11th, 6.30pm - 8.30pm - 'Innovation in Architecture: Then and now'

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  • Location: Culzean Castle
  • Summary of Event:
    From 6.30pm: Wine and canapé in the Culzean Castle Armoury with an opportunity to see the original Robert Adam drawings of Culzean in the Round Drawing Room
    Followed by
    A talk by Bryan Dickson, Head of Buildings for the NTS and Kinlay Laidlaw, Lead Surveyor of NTS Ayrshire Properties (7.15pm – 8.30pm)
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Saturday 12th, 1pm - 3.30pm - Isle of Skye Destination Event

Sunday 13th March, 10am - 4pm - Venture North Conference

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  • Location: Dornoch Castle Hotel, Dornoch, Sutherland
  • Summary of Event:
    A one-day conference aimed at increasing and maximising our use of digital media running from 10am to 4pm. Steve Keenan will be the keynote speaker. Steve is co-founder of  travelperspective.co.uk, credited as being the first national travel journalist to make the transition from print to online. He worked as deputy travel editor of The Times before serving as launch travel editor for the timesonline.co.uk for five years which then saw him launch the online travel section for the Sunday Times. Keenan is passionate about the possibilities of new media and is expert at digital marketing strategies. Also speaking are Caroline Warburton of Scottish Tourism Alliance covering the outlook for Scotland 2016, John Baikie, an award winning photographer, giving us tips on the best photos to use and how to take these and we will have a presentation on blogging
  • Price: £20
  • Website: www.venture-north.co.uk
  • Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/venturenorthscotland/
  • Contact Name: Ellie Lamont / Kimberley Loomes
  • Contact Phone: 07775 671 630
  • Contact E-mail: info@venture-north.co.uk
  • Capacity: 30

Monday 14th - Wednesday 16th, Cold Water Islands Tourism 2016

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  • Location: Arran High School, Lamlash, Isle of Arran
  • Times: Monday 14th: 5-10 pm (field trip to Arran Distillery), Tuesday 15th: 8.30am-4pm, Tuesday 15th: 7pm-11pm (Gala Dinner), Wednesday 16th: 8.30am-1pm 
  • Summary of Event:
    Save the dates 14th – 16th March to take part in CWIT2016 on Isle of Arran! Be inspired by Innovation, Architecture and Design as potential drivers for growth. Tourism is becoming increasingly segmented with a diversity of markets and interest groups, which increases the opportunities for cold water islands.
    Our second conference takes place on the Isle of Arran, focusing on sustainable economic development on islands and rural areas, and will engage speakers and delegates who are private sector drivers of tourism - Investors - Public sector policy makers - Politicians and civic leaders - Destination managers and marketeers - Educationalists and researchers.
  • Price: £260 (includes Gala Dinner)
  • Website: http://www.cwit2016.com
  • Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/cwit2015/?ref=hl
  • Contact Name: Sheila Gilmore
  • Contact Phone: 01770 302043
  • Contact E-mail: info@visitarran.com
  • Twitter Handle: CWITArran
  • Twitter Hashtag: #CWIT2016
  • Capacity: 150+

Monday 14th, 12.30pm - 2.30pm - Moray Speyside & STA Talk Tourism

Monday 14th, 4pm - 6pm - Connecting Stirling

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  • Location: The Battle of Bannockburn Experience
  • Summary of Event:
    This is an event aimed at local tourism businesses to communicate the national and local opportunites for 2016. The event would include updates from industry partners as below and the opportunity to experience the award winning attraction - which is featured in the innovative new Stirling City Pass. Hospitality students from Forth Valley College will also be on hand with local tasters as part of a wider 'Chefs for the future' initiative. VisitScotland - 2016 YIAD opportunities including the launch of the new VS website. Historic Scotland - An insight into the Stirling National Conservation Centre opening in Sept. Destination Stirling - Overview of the innovative products and events taking place in 2016. Forth Valley College - An insight into the skills agenda of the college. The Battle of Bannockburn Experience is an innovative award winning venue which combines - all the elements of the YIAD and connects with Stirlings vibrant historical visitor offering.
    16.00 – Arrival
    16.20 – Welcome from Destination Stirling
    16.25 – Stephen Leckie Scottish Tourism Alliance
    16.35 – Dr Mike Cantlay VisitScotland
    16.45 - Chris McGregor Historic Environment Scotland
    17.05 – Geoff Morrison Destination Stirling
    17.15 – Chelsea Charles Visit Scotland
    17.25 - Closing remarks including a few words from Craig Anderson Forth Valley College
    17.30 - 18.30 – Networking, nibbles and the opportunity to experience the 3D Bannockburn of Bannockburn Experience
  • Price: FOC
  • Website: www.destinationstirling.com
  • Booking: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/connecting-stirling-tickets-20863909515
  • Contact Name: Geoff Morrison
  • Contact Phone: 01786 464640
  • Contact E-mail: geoffmorrison@destinationstirling.com
  • Twitter Handle: Destinationstir, STEPStirling, BattleofBannock
  • Twitter Hashtag: Stirling
  • Capacity: 80

Monday 14th, 6.30pm to Late - HIT Oyster Club six course tasting dinner

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  • Location: Loch Fyne Hotel, Inveraray
  • Summary of Event:
    To coincide with the Argyll & The Isles Tourism Summit, The HIT Oyster Club is hosting a six course tasting dinner at The Loch Fyne Hotel in Inveraray on Monday 14th March. Places are limited so we would encourage you to book your ticket for this extravaganza of food, wine and hospitality as early as possible.
  • Price: £65 per person
  • Website: http://www.hitscotland.co.uk/events/2016
  • Contact Name: Kirsty MacLeod
  • Contact Phone: 07711 520903
  • Contact E-mail: kirsty@hitscotland.co.uk
  • Twitter Handle: HITScotland
  • Capacity: 100

Tuesday 15th, (see listing) - The Dundee & Angus Tourism Conference 2016

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  • Times: 
    Dundee & Angus Tourism Conference 2016 - 9:00 - 2.00pm (including lunch)
    Dundee & Angus Tourism Opportunity Summit 2016 - 2.00pm - 5.00pm
  • Location: High Mill, Verdant Works, Dundee
  • Summary of Event:
    The Dundee & Angus Tourism Conference 2016 will take place at the Verdant Work’s High Mill in Dundee. The conference will focus on a regional approach to tourism and will be followed by a unique ‘Opportunity Summit’ which aims to encourage businesses to think about how they could develop new business ideas to maximise the opportunities which the V&A will bring to the region when it opens in 2018. Delegates can choose from a programme of four themed workshops - Transport; Attractions & Experiences; Food & Drink and Digital.
  • Price: Conference (inc. lunch) £20, Opportunity Summit £10
  • Website: http://www.dundeeandanguschamber.co.uk/events/Dundee-Angus-Tourism-Conference-2016_2701.html
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  • Contact Name: Millie Clarke
  • Contact Phone: 01307 473262
  • Contact E-mail: clarkem@angus.gov.uk
  • Twitter Hashtag: D&AOpportunitySummit
  • Capacity: 100 (am) & 100 (pm)

Tuesday 15th, 10am - 4pm - Argyll & The Isles: Connected!

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  • Location: The Tower Digital Arts Centre, 77 -81 Sinclair Street, Helensburgh, G84 8TR
  • Summary of Event:
    2016 is a pivotal year for AITC with a number of initiatives coming to fruition. AITC's digital tourism strategy 'CollaborAIT' with The Lane will be launched encouraging everyone to get involved! Delegates from across the region will learn more about the Year of Architecture, Innovation and Design and the NVA Hinterland initiative launching later that week nearby. Our 'connected' theme will focus on content sharing, joined up journeys, itineraries and inclusion providing inspiration for businesses - and the tools to make a difference.
  • Price: £36
  • Website: http://www.exploreargyll.co.uk/event-details.php?id=799
  • Booking: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-fifth-argyll-the-isles-tourism-summit-tickets-21278751318
  • Contact Name: Carron Tobin
  • Contact Phone: 07715 773660
  • Contact E-mail: carron.tobin@ruraldimenisons.com
  • Twitter Hashtag: AITCsummit16
  • Capacity: 160

Tuesday 15th, 10.30am - 3.30pm - Aberdeen City and Shire: Tourism – The Future is Changing

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  • Location: Jury's Hotel, Aberdeen Airport, Dyce
  • Summary of Event:
    The Aberdeen City and Shire Tourism Conference returns in 2016 with fantastic insights and advice on how to maximise your tourism organisation. What's new in digital technology and hear first-hand abou the new Tourism Destination Organisation
  • Price: £30 +VAT
  • Website: http://www.regonline.co.uk/aberdeentourism2016
  • Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/aberdeencityandshiretourismconference
  • Contact Name: Tricker PR
  • Contact Phone: 01224 646491
  • Contact E-mail: pr@trickerpr.com
  • Twitter Handle: abdntourismconf
  • Twitter Hashtag: #abdntourism
  • Capacity:200

Tuesday 15th, 12.00pm - 2.00pm - Inverness: Tourism Talk and Networking Lunch

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  • Location: Loch Ness Country House Hotel, Inverness
  • Summary of Event:
    How Travel Bloggers are Changing the Destination Marketing Landscape with guest speaker Keith Jenkins the founder and publisher of the multiple award-winning Velvet Escape luxury travel blog  Velvet Escape.
    Chris Taylor, Head of Tourism at Highlands & islands Enterprise will give a presentation on the Digital Tourism Scotland Programme which VisitInvernessLochNess is supporting, and which is soon to be rolled out in the destination.
  • Price: FOC
  • Website:  www.visitinvernesslochness.com
  • Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/InvernessLochNessBID
  • Contact Name: Sabine
  • Contact Phone: 01463 219219
  • Contact E-mail: admin@visitiln.com
  • Twitter Handle: @visitnessie
  • Capacity: 70

Tuesday 15th, 1pm - 4pm - Sail Scotland Conference & AGM

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  • Location: The Chartroom, Kip Marina, Inverclyde/li>
  • Summary of Event:
  • Part of the Scottish Tourism Week Programme and sponsored by The Chartroom Restaurant and Inverclyde Council, the inaugural Sail Scotland Conference will be a half-day programme aimed at sharing best practice and encouraging strategic collaboration within sailing and marine tourism in Scotland.

    The event will directly support the Scottish Marine Tourism Strategy – Awakening the Giant, focusing on how we can work collectively to market and grow the sector. The Strategy aims to deliver nearly £100 million growth (from £360m) in value to Scotland’s economy. It has support and recognition from The Scottish Government and will deliver substantial economic benefit, jobs and regeneration to coastal communities throughout Scotland. The strategy aligns with the National Tourism Strategy - Tourism 2020 and the National Tourism Development Plan.

    The full programme for the day is still being finalised, but will include input from:

    · Stuart McMillan, MSP for West of Scotland and Convenor of the Cross Party Group on Recreational Boating and Marine Tourism

    · Marc Crothall, Chief Executive of The Scottish Tourism Alliance and Chair of the Scottish Marine Tourism Development Group

    · Robert Wicks, Chief Operating Officer of P1 Powerboat Series

    · Alan Rankin, Project Manager for the National Marine Tourism Strategy

    Delegates will also be given the opportunity for valuable networking, meeting fellow marine tourism professionals and organisations. The event will also incorporate the Sail Scotland AGM.

    Please note that attendance is limited due to capacity of the venue, so please book your place by completing the online registration form :
    Sail Scotland Conference Registration – CLICK TO REGISTER
  • Price: FREE
  • Website: www.sailscotland.co.uk/win/conference2016
  • Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/sailscotland
  • Contact Name: Daniel Steel
  • Contact Phone: 07803207364
  • Contact E-mail: enquiries@sailscotland.co.uk
  • Capacity: 50

Tuesday 15th, 5pm-7pm - Helping Glasgow Prosper

Wednesday 16th, Morning - Fife Business Breakfast

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  • Location: BEST WESTERN PLUS Keavil House Hotel, Crossford, Dunfermline
  • Summary of Event:
    Fife will be taking part in the roadshow in the form of a business breakfast which will take place at BEST WESTERN PLUS Keavil House Hotel, on March 16th 2016
    The morning will start with arrival and breakfast rolls from 8:30am and close at 11am.
    Speakers include Liam Barn, Project Manager of the Fife Golf Partnership, Gordon Dewar, Chief Executive of Edinburgh Airport, Caroline Warburton, TS2020 Strategy Delivery Co-ordinator and David Roy who is currently the manager of Crail Golfing Society & Vice President of the Club Managers Association Europe.
  • Price: Free
  • Booking: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/scottish-tourism-week-2016-connecting-2020-tickets-21423038886
  • Website: www.fifetourismpartnership.org
  • Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/fifetourism
  • Contact Name: John Murray/Liam Barn
  • Contact Phone: 03451 55 55 55  Ext: 445838 / 07710 199973
  • Contact E-mail: john.murray-EP@fife.gov.uk / liam@visitfifegolf.com
  • Twitter Handle: @fifetourism
  • Capacity:40

Wednesday 16 March, 9.30am – 11.30pm - Fraserburgh Area Tourism Group

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  • Location: Scottish Museum of Lighthouses, Kinnaird Head, Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire AB43 9DU
  • Summary of Event:
    One of the regular monthly meetings of the Fraserburgh Area Tourism Group, which aims to bring together tourism businesses from across the Fraserburgh area to explore opportunities to improve the local tourism offering, promote the area and encourage joint working across the tourism sector. Current topics for discussion include: the extension of Scotland’s Castle Trail to include Kinnaird Castle in Fraserburgh; developing new tourism itineraries & exploiting opportunities from the Year of Innovation, Architecture & Design and from the new Visit Aberdeenshire destination organisation.
  • Price:N/A
  • Website: https://www.facebook.com/fraserburghareatourismgroup/
  • Contact Name: Lynda McGuigan (Chair, Fraserburgh Area Tourism Group)
  • Contact Phone: 01346 511022
  • Contact E-mail: lynda@lighthousemuseum.org.uk
  • Capacity: 25

Wednesday 16th, 9am - 12.30pm - Perthshire Talks Tourism

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  • Location: Scone Palace, Perth, PH2 6BD
  • Summary of Event:
    Register now for the Perthshire Talks Tourism Conference to be the first to hear about the new Perthshire Visitor Attraction Initiative launching during Scottish Tourism Week. During the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design, hear from our ‘hero’ visitor attractions on how they constantly innovate to deliver the best customer experiences to visitors. Join us for breakfast, network with other businesses and increase your knowledge of our innovative attractions. This event is for any tourism business with front facing staff who want to increase their product knowledge of Perthshire.
  • Price: Free
  • Website: www.perthshiretalkstourism.eventbrite.co.uk
  • Contact Name: Suzanne Cumiskey
  • Contact Phone: 01738 475731
  • Contact E-mail: scumiskey@pkc.gov.uk
  • Capacity: 100

Wednesday 16 March, 2.00pm – 4.00pm - Aberdeen City & Shire Heritage & Visitor Attractions Forum

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  • Location: Tarves Heritage Centre, The Square, Tarves, Nr Ellon, Aberdeenshire AB41 7GX
  • Summary of Event:
    Quarterly meeting of the Group, which aims to improve co-ordination and interaction between the various museums & visitor attractions across Aberdeen & Aberdeenshire. The Forum seeks to encourage increased joint-working; sharing of expertise; improved planning; and an increased profile of the sector, with the objective of increasing volume & retention of visitors in the region. The meeting will include a brief introduction & welcome to Tarves Heritage Centre; a Leaflet Exchange, providing an opportunity to swap/ replenish stocks of leaflets; planning for the 2016 Summer Season & opportunities for joint/ improved promotion; and a general information sharing session between the Groups.
  • Price:N/A
  • Contact Name: David Wright (Aberdeenshire Council, Economic Development)
  • Contact Phone: 07766 363047
  • Contact E-mail: david.wright@aberdeenshire.gov.uk
  • Capacity:35

Thursday 17 March, Aberdeen City & Shire Hotels Association – 10.30 – 12.30pm

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  • Location: North Link Ferries, Jamieson's Quay, Aberdeen Harbour, Aberdeen AB11 5NP
  • Summary of Event:
    Monthly meeting of the local Hotels Association, which has a membership of 44 independently operated hotels & conference venues ranging from 3 star to 5 star providing over 4,000 bedrooms. Members are located throughout the City of Aberdeen and the surrounding countryside of Aberdeenshire. The association is committed to improving the quality and standard of hotel service from staff, and to furthering the overall standard of excellence and hospitality within the region. The business, tourism, retail and cultural sectors work very closely together to offer visitors a varied programme of events and experiences to suit all interests and the ACSHA is an active member of many of these partnerships, whose task it is to promote the City & Shire.
  • Price:N/A
  • Website: www.aberdeenhotels.org
  • Contact Name: Irene Tough (Secretary, Aberdeen City & Shire Hotels Association)
  • Contact Phone: 01224 321750
  • Contact E-mail: secretary@AberdeenHotels.org
  • Capacity:50 (need to confirm attendance in advance in order to be admitted to vessel)