April 2015

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travelGBI Month 2015 11 Edinburgh Glasgow Perth Discover Lanarkshire at the heart of Scotland Lanarkshire has long been recognised by Scots as a great day out and leisure break destination, but more and more visitors are now recognising its benefits as a short stay base at the heart of Central Scotland. With a wealth of fine, affordable hotels and some of the country's best loved visitor attractions, including the World Heritage Site at New Lanark, and all within 30 minutes of Glasgow and Edinburgh, Lanarkshire's perfectly placed for exploring our nation. To find out more on how we can accommodate your needs, come visit us at expo 2015, stands F7– F9 amazing [DAYS OUT] OPEN all year round, weekend opening in winter. Free guided tours and introductory talks. We offer a variety of tailor-made packages, including live music, tastings and specialist talks should you wish to add a little extra to your visit. To make an enquiry or a booking please contact the Main Office: Telephone 01668 214208 Email www. 1-2 Hour visit includes guided tour of the castle rooms Armstrong & Aviation Museum Live archaeological digs Dedicated entrance for coach parties 62-seat Cafeteria and Gift Shop offering locally-sourced products Free admission and refreshments for drivers Free inspection visits Provision of publicity images Only 4 miles from the A1 Out-of-hours tours by appointment 20% Off walk-up price Direct access to sand dunes and village from car park Easy walk around base of the castle walls with interpretation ◆ ◆ ◆ ◆ ◆ ◆ ◆ ◆ ◆ ◆ ◆ ◆ ◆ Bamburgh The King of Castles Stand A17 Aberdeenshire Council and Visit Aberdeen have 14 exhibitors joining them on their stand at expo, representing attractions, accommodation providers and destination management organisations. They include Golf Aberdeen City & shire, Millennium & Copthorne hotels, Visit royal deeside and banffshire Coast Tourism Partnership. new at expo 2015 is the secret Malts of Aberdeenshire, which promotes eight distilleries, all within one hour of Aberdeen. They aim to promote Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire as a "must- visit" destination, with good transport connections. With 2015 being scotland's Year of Food & drink, they are promoting local produce under the tagline 'Aberdeenshire Larder' and their own Food Fest 15. Aberdeenshire is also known as scotland's Castle Country, with its own Castle Trail, featuring dunnottar Castle and the balmoral Castle. it also boasts one of the most scenic coastal areas in the world, as voted by national Geographic magazine, and activities such as cycling, skiing, watersports and golf. l Aberdeen City & shire economic Future (ACseF) a public-private partnership which drives economic development in the north east of scotland Foodie heaven in Angus Stand G29 G31 The Visit Angus stand will be promoting its region's foods – including Angus beef, local whisky and gin – and top golf courses. The area is also famous for the Arbroath smokie, a traditional hot-smoked haddock which enjoys the same geographical protected status as Parma ham and Champagne. Angus boasts some of the finest golf courses in scotland, including the Carnoustie Championship Course, venue for seven Open Championships. events take place throughout 2015 and the senior Open will come to Carnoustie in 2016, with the Open in 2018. events include traditional highland Games, vintage vehicle extravaganzas, and music and arts festivals. On the east coast of scotland, Angus also offers countryside, beaches, glens and castles. Village Urban Resorts touts trio of new hotels Stand H13 ViLLAGe Urban resorts is a first-time exhibitor at the expo as it aims to raise awareness of its three new hotels in scotland. The brand has opened three hotels within nine months in the key cities of edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen. Aberdeen to showcase food, castles and coastline welcomed the holding of Visitscotland expo in its region. Claire bruce, ACseF's board champion for tourism, said: "Tourism is a vital industry for economic development in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire. "The Visitscotland expo will allow us to showcase not only the fantastic opportunities we l Plans for a new £333 million Aberdeen exhibition and Conference Centre (AeCC) have been approved. The 15,000-capacity conference and concert venue will almost double to capacity of the current AeCC. Planners are talking to Aloft hotels and hilton about the building of two onsite hotels. steve harris, chief executive of VisitAberdeen, said: "The AeCC contributes over £80 have here in the north east, but across scotland as a whole. "We look forward to welcoming the world's tourism and travel community and the energy and enthusiasm that the expo creates." million to the north-east economy each year, which increases to approximately £140 million during the biennial Offshore europe exhibition. "The new exhibition centre will address the need for a bigger purpose-built facility. The location near Aberdeen international Airport will make travel to and from the venue even easier than the existing site for international visitors." Dunnottar Castle Aberdeen Exhibition Conference Centre gets green light Banffshire promotes dolphins and bikes Stand A17 The banffshire Coast Tourism Partnership will run a branded campervan tour across scotland in April to promote activities in the region. The group will also highlight cycling along the banffshire coast – known as scotland's dolphin Coast as it has a colony of bottlenose dolphins. The Marie Curie Cancer Care etape Caledonia each year welcomes more than 5,000 cyclists to the town of Pitlochry. The coastline is renowned for its golden sandy beaches, and was voted one of the top in the world by National Geographic. Other activities include surfing, kite-surfing, kayaking, diving, sailing, fishing, golf and shooting. Leigh Craig, sales director at Village Urban resort edinburgh said: "We're keen to speak to buyers about our fantastic concept and how we can work with them for the future. "With 27 hotels up and down the UK, we have an exciting brand to talk about, with accommodation, bar and restaurant products, spa and beauty rooms, full-service health clubs, function and meeting space for up to 300, and starbucks coffee shops. We have everything under one roof for the business and leisure traveller."

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