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North-east tourism firms urged to sign up for VisitScotland virtual trade event

By Alan Beresford

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REGISTRATION for a virtual tourism trade event has opened.

Chief Executive of VisitScotland Malcolm Roughead. Picture: Callum Mackay
Chief Executive of VisitScotland Malcolm Roughead. Picture: Callum Mackay

Tourism and events businesses across the north-east are being urged to book their place at the National Tourism Organisation’s Discover Scotland: Reconnect 2022 which will provide an exclusive opportunity for Scottish businesses to promote Scotland as a destination and exhibit their products. It will also be a chance to connect withtour operators and travel agents from key international markets next year.

VisitScotland’s virtual event programme takes place April 5-7, 2022 and will offer a mix of pre-scheduled and ad hoc meeting appointments between Scottish exhibitors and international buyers, on demand content and virtual experiences.

The focus of the event will be driven by new responsible product development by enabling Scottish businesses to showcase their commitment to make Scotland a leading destination for sustainable, accessible and inclusive tourism.

To complement this focus, the event programme will include round table panel discussions – discussing the opportunities and challenges of responsible tourism, promoting sustainable products and encouraging responsible product development.

The virtual event will cater to different time zones, thus making business meetings with buyers from international markets very accessible.

Malcolm Roughead, Chief Executive of VisitScotland, said: “Discover Scotland 2022 is part of VisitScotland’s activity to rebuild international tourism demand and support the country’s ambitions to be a leading destination for responsible tourism.

"Scottish tourism will once again punch above its weight on the world stage and we need to leverage this reputation to bring new investment, new events, new air routes, and new visitors to help the industry recover and grow from the impacts of the pandemic.

"Tourism is a force for good and makes Scotland richer, economically and socially, and without it Scotland would be a much poorer place.”

The latest consumer sentiment indicates that responsible tourism is a consideration for many travellers across the world, with nearly two thirds of visitors saying they considered sustainability and the environmental impact when planning future holidays. Those saying they were comfortable using public transport within the destination, for example, had risen 10 per cent to 61 per cent, between December 2020 and September 2021.

International visitors are incredibly important to Scottish tourism and in 2019 there were 3.5 million overnight stays in the country, spending £2.5 billion, which is 43 per cent of the total overnight spend in Scotland.

Businesses interested in attending should visit www.visitscotland.com/discoverscotland and consult the FAQs when considering registration or contact discoverscotland@visitscotland.com to discuss eligibility and other development opportunities.

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