April 2015

Trade paper for the domestic tourism and inbound tourism industry in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland

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travelGBI Month 2015 13 Enjoy the best of Scotland The National Trust for Scotland for Places of Historic Interest or Natural Beauty is a charity registered in Scotland, Charity Number SC 007410 CONTACT US: email: visit: Call: +44 (0)131 458 0204 Discover wonderful castles, palaces and stately homes; explore 35 major gardens; and walk some of the UK's most famous historic battle sites. Our award-winning collection of heritage attractions includes The Battle of Bannockburn, Brodick Castle, Culloden Battlefield, Culzean Castle, Inverewe Garden and Glencoe (featured in the 007 blockbuster Skyfall), as well as many top sites in Edinburgh and Glasgow and on Scotland's famous Castle Trail. Most are 4- or 5-star visitor attractions with multi-lingual interpretation, tax-free shopping and group-friendly cafés. Meet the travel trade team at VisitScotland EXPO on stand K19 2015 Trossachs Pier, Loch Katrine, By Callander, Stirling FK17 8HZ Tel: 01877 376315/6 • Email: Home of the Steamship Sir Walter Scott Sailings throughout the year • Classic Steamship Cruises (200 pax) • Panoramic Cruises on Lady of the Lake (65 pax) • Festive & New Year Cruises 2015-2016 • Generous Group Discounts • Tailor-made Itineraries • Live Onboard Commentary • Toilet Facilities • Free Coach Parking • Complimentary Cruise for Oganisers & Drivers Steeped in history & legend, Loch Katrine is the perfect place to start your adventure in Scotland. • Lochside dining in the Brenachoile Restaurant • Katrine Gifts - Souvenirs & Crafts • Katrinewheelz - Cycle hire Stand I7 I8 I9 I10 I11 Loch Katrine is working with cruise Loch Lomond again this year to offer the 'Two Lochs Tour'. Launched last year, the tour is designed for walkers and cyclists, and allows them to explore Loch Katrine and Loch Lomond on the same day. Loch Katrine is best known for the 115-year-old steamship Sir Walter Scott, named after Scotland's poet and author Sir Walter Scott. It offers cruises throughout the year, free car parking for coaches and disabled access for wheelchair users on the steamship Sir Walter Scott. Weddings and other events Best Western to launch groups brochure Stand D30 & D32 BeST Western will use the VisitScotland expo as a platform to launch its new groups brochure. The guide is a publication aimed at helping group travel organisers to find their ideal hotel. It offers details about locations, lift access, the number of bedrooms and ground-floor rooms, disabled access and coach parking. There is information about the hotel chain's terms and conditions for groups, along with new group-friendly meal packages and tea-and-coffee stops. The chain offers more than 230 group-friendly hotels across the UK, ranging from country retreats and city centre locations to seaside resorts. For more information on Best Western groups call 0844 387 6400 or email groups@ Two lochs tour unlocks more options also take place including the annual jazz cruise. Steam railway success Stand D25 RepReSenTaTIVeS from the Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway will be at expo to promote a clutch of awards won during 2014. honours include Regional Winner Scottish Thistle awards 2014-2015; Tripadvisor certificate of excellence 2014; Taste our Best VisitScotland award 2014-15; Three Star VisitScotland Tourist attraction; and Best Tourism Business in the Falkirk herald Business awards 2014. Less than an hour's drive from edinburgh and Glasgow, the Caledonian Discovery prepares to celebrate 20th anniversary Stand D5 caLedonIan discovery will celebrate its 20th anniversary next year with a new cruise: 'Great Glen Journey', created by owner Martin Balcombe. The week-long cruise will be onboard the barges Fingal of Caledonia and Ros Crana, and will be one of 12 "soft adventure" holidays running from april to october. clients will travel the 78 miles from coast to coast through the caledonian canal and the Great Glen, and can incorporate activities by "Boot, Bike or Boat". Balcombe and his team will be at expo to talk to agents about the firm's holidays in the UK, europe and the US. "I am eager to establish new partnerships with UK agents who have an interest in selling our blend of activity holidays," he said. "Scotland is a fantastic holiday destination and our blend of onboard activity holidays is totally unique." The operator received a boost last month when the caledonian canal was featured on ITV's new series Barging Round Britain with John Sergeant. Sergeant said the caledonian canal was his personal favourite. railway attraction also features Scotland's largest railway museum. Visitors can travel on a steam train in a nostalgic 1950s carriage and take afternoon tea onboard. Attractions team up to promote Falkirk Stands: D25 D27 D29 D31 E26 E28 E30 E32 a RanGe of attractions in the Falkirk region will be sharing a stand with Visit Falkirk at the expo. Stand sharers include Falkirk delivers, Bo'ness and Kinneil Railway, callendar house, The helix and the Falkirk Wheel. Visitors to the stand can find out about the Kelpie Maquettes, scale models of the famous Kelpies horse sculptures, and the Falkirk Wheel working model. Visit Falkirk will showcase Kinetic Falkirk, a short film created by stop-motion film-maker Walid Salhab, and commissioned by Falkirk council to market the area to businesses and consumers. The film features places and attractions that promote the Falkirk area as an attractive place to live, work and visit. The stand will also offer interactive areas where guests can log on to the new website. another stand partner, The helix, will talk to visitors about its new visitor centre due to open later in 2015, and which will be larger than originally planned. Visitor numbers to The helix, and the Kelpies in particular, have far exceeded expectations in the first year of opening of the facility which were estimated at 350,000 per year. Up to the end of September 2014, about 680,000 visitors visited the site and it is projected that in the first full year that the helix is open (up to the end of March 2015) visitor numbers will exceed 950,000. Finally, a new food and drink guide to the Falkirk area will be launched to mark the Scottish Year of Food and drink.

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