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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 15 GROUP ACCOMMODATION & COACH INCLUSIVE BREAKS Proud members of Strathmore Travel GROUP ACCOMMODATION BREAKS Call us to discuss your requirements on 01355 266886 groupsales@strathmorehotels.com www.strathmorehotels.com Registered in Scotland 128215 COACH INCLUSIVE BREAKS Call us to discuss your requirements on 01355 598490 sales@strathmoretravel.com www.strathmoretravel.com Registered in Scotland 286355 • Accommodation • All bedrooms en-suite • Entertainment • Dancing, Tribute and Murder Mystery holidays • All hotels in great tourist locations • Return Coach Travel • Excursions and Tickets • Day Trips • Festive and Seasonal Breaks Ben Nevis Hotel & Leisure Club, Fort William Alexandra Hotel, Fort William Nethybridge Hotel, Speyside Salutation Hotel, Perth Cairn Hotel, Harrogate Cumbria Grand Hotel, Lake District Royal Hotel, Oban 1 FREE PLACE FOR GROUPS 20+ O V E R 3 0 Y E A R S E X P E R I E N C E EXPO Stand J23 Rosslyn Chapel has new visitor centre Stand K12 Staff from Rosslyn Chapel will be at the expo to encourage more visits and groups at the historic Midlothian church. Previously part of the Visit Midlothian stand, Rosslyn Chapel is a first-time exhibitor in its own right this year. the historic chapel dates back to 1446, when it was founded by Sir William St Clair. Still family-owned and operating as a working church, Rosslyn Chapel is open to visitors throughout the year. the ornate building has undergone an extensive conservation programme to ensure its long-term future. a new visitor centre tells the Aisle K SCotland'S Heritage, a partnership of 22 key Scottish tourism businesses, has unveiled its tour operator awards. abbey tours Scotland was awarded the title of Scotland's Heritage International tour operator of the Year and lochs and Glens Holidays is Scotland's Heritage UK tour operator of the Year. Graeme Bowie, group spokesman and Historic Scotland's sales manager, said: "Voted by the partners, the awards are made in recognition of tour operators who have brought visitors consistently to attractions across our extensive partnership, delivering programmes regularly with considerable dedication and innovation." Rebecca Brooks, managing director at abbey tours, said: Heritage awards recognise importance of trade "abbey tours Scotland will continue to strive to deliver new and enhanced programmes and continue to grow our business to visitor attractions across Scotland." Scotland's Heritage is exhibiting for the eighth consecutive year at expo, welcoming new partners for 2015: Rosslyn Chapel, Scottish Churches trust and the new annandale distillery. the partners will be exhibiting together in aisle K. scotlandsheritage.org.uk Uniquely Scotland makes expo debut Stand 7-11 UnIqUelY Scotland is making its first appearance at the expo to raise awareness of its tailor-made small group packages. founder archie Stirling-aird said: "our main reasons for attending expo are to increase awareness and raise the profile of the business; to introduce Uniquely Scotland to new markets and potential clients; and to meet existing and new business contacts." Uniquely Scotland recently acquired a luxury people-carrier, enabling it to provide driver- guided tours for up to six people. It has launched a five-day 'Scottish food and drink experience' which includes a private dinner at a romantic castle and a visit to an oyster farm. another recent addition is a 'Scotland by train' itinerary which features the famous West Highland line to Mallaig. the firm will soon introduce a tour to take clients on the new north Coast 500 route which was recently launched by the north Highland Initiative (nHI). the 500-mile route will link spectacular natural heritage and scenery and will celebrate local food, accommodation, arts, crafts and attractions. the route runs from Inverness to the Kyle of lochalsh on the west coast. uniquelyscotland.com Congratulating Abbey Tours are, from left: Liz Young, The National Trust for Scotland; Graeme Bowie, Historic Scotland; David Cunningham, Abbey Tours Scotland; Rebecca Hill, Palace of Holyrood House; and Kat Brogan, Mercat Tours Royal Yacht Britannia reigns supreme Stand K23 tHe Royal yacht Britannia was the top-rated UK attraction in the tripadvisor's travellers' Choice awards last year. It said the award "reflects the quantity and consistency of five- star 'excellent' reviews" posted on tripadvisor by visitors to the attraction in edinburgh's historic Lanarkshire on show Stand F7 F9 lanaRKSHIRe is the only region in Scotland with two Unesco World Heritage sites: new lanark and the antonine Wall. located between Glasgow and edinburgh, it also has a reputation for its Scottish agricultural and rural heritage. new lanark is a village where philanthropist Robert owen moulded a model industrial community in the early 19th Century. the antonine Wall was a formidable barrier and symbol of Roman power but was occupied for only about 20 years. Mark Calpin, chair of the lanarkshire area tourism chapel's story – from its origins, through the Reformation to its starring role in the blockbuster film The Da Vinci Code and beyond. Chapel guides give talks throughout the day and introductory maps and guidebooks are available in a range of languages. the chapel can be booked for out-of-hours evening visits, and more details will be available at the stand. awarded 'five-star historic attraction' status from VisitScotland, the church is seven miles south of edinburgh and makes an excursion from the Scottish capital. Rosslyn Chapel is managed by Rosslyn Chapel trust, a registered charity, and all income from visitors supports its long-term conservation. rosslynchapel.com Shop network targets overseas tourists Stand J8 SIMPlY the Best has launched a marketing initiative to promote its UK shopping locations. Part of the edinburgh Woollen Mill group, Simply the Best operates in 29 locations, from the famous lee Mill in Plymouth, to John o'Groats in the north of Scotland. the new marketing campaign, which includes a digital book in six languages and a money-off voucher, targets travellers from Germany, Spain, China, Russia and Sweden. Idy davidson, Simply the Best travel trade executive, said: "We provide a great value, high-quality shopping experience in some of the country 's most popular visitor destinations and are already seeing an increase in shoppers from overseas. "our new initiative aims to inform visitors that Simply the Best provides an ideal leisure shopping experience." Products in the stores include golf clothing, tartan accessories, cashmere, Harris tweed, whisky and local food, which appeal to the overseas market. the sites have facilities for groups, including free car and coach parks, toilets, restaurants, and coffee shops. simplythebestdestinations.co.uk Partnership, said: "2015, the Year of food and drink, will be a big year for lanarkshire, with its amazing array of fresh food producers: ancient orchards, artisan cheese and ice cream manufacturers." the destination is also working with partners on an initiative to help make lanarkshire as accessible as possible for those with specific needs such as the elderly, disabled people and families with babies or young children. visitlanarkshire.com venueslanarkshire.com Monster investment in Loch Ness Stand D9 an extRa £2 million in government money will be used to promote loch ness for the next four years as part of the GReat Britain campaign. the VisitBritain activity could generate an extra £3.5 million a year for local Inverness businesses. VisitBritain will work with Visit Scotland and Uniqueness tourism Business Improvement district (BId). With direct links to more than 400 member businesses, the tourism BId promotes loch ness, Glen affric, Inverness and other attractions in the region. the campaign will see digital and business-to-business activity launched in key tourism markets featuring the loch ness monster until 2019. Inverness attracts more than 200,000 overseas visits a year. this campaign could see this figure reach 250,000. Colin Marr, chairman of the Uniqueness tourism BId, said: "We are absolutely delighted with the announcement by the chief secretary to the treasury, danny alexander, of an extra £2m investment in the local tourism industry." uniqueness.co.uk port of leith. the attraction has also been named as Scotland's best visitor attraction for the last nine years, and achieved a quality score of 96% – the highest ever awarded by VisitScotland. Britannia was used by the queen and the Royal family for more than 40 years. Britannia welcomes about 300,000 visitors each year and has a dedicated groups team. royalyachtbritannia.co.uk

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