April 2015

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10 travelGBI April 2015 explore scotland's history with historic scotland Historic Scotland care for over 300 historic sites and run over 70 attractions including Edinburgh, Stirling and Urquhart Castles. We offer a range of trade products including our Explorer Pass and Scottish Heritage Pass. Our online booking system allows for fast track entry and instant confirmation. Ask us about our out of hours tour at Edinburgh and Stirling Castles and our sumptuous afternoon tea at Edinburgh Castle. Contact our sales team for more information on products and commission. OUR TEAM WILL BE AT VISITSCOTLAND EXPO STAND K13, K15 & K17 +44 (0)131 668 8831 @historicscotbiz Photography exhibition headlines events at Scottish museums Stand K20 NatioNal Museums Scotland's exhibitions programme for 2015 explores themes ranging from the pioneers of photography to troops in afghanistan. a further two exhibitions will explore the themes of fashion and design, in celebration of four new galleries being planned at the National Museum of Scotland. these galleries are part of a £14.1 million project, which will create 10 new galleries next year, displaying National Museums Scotland's internationally important collections of science and technology, decorative art, design and fashion. Headlining the calendar of exhibitions is a major show about 380 hosted international buyers and more than 200 uK-based buyers – tour operators, wholesalers and travel agents – will attend VisitScotland expo in aberdeen's aECC (april 22-23). Mike Cantlay (pictured), VisitScotland chief executive, said: "We are looking forward to welcoming a wide range of new exhibitors. From annandale Distillery and inverness & loch Ness tourism biD to Scotland's Golf Coast and Rosslyn Chapel, we've got a brilliant variety. "this is Scotland's premier business-to-business event for the travel trade. it provides an unmissable opportunity for Scottish exhibitors to meet buyers from all over the world." there is more focus on social media with VisitScotland encouraging delegates to use the hashtag #VisitScotExpo and live tweets will appear on big screens. there will be opportunities to network at events hosted by VisitScotland and official destination partners, Visitaberdeen and aberdeenshire Council. Expo 2015 shaping up to be the 'best yet' VisitScotland is also organising familiarisation trips to give overseas tour operators fresh ideas on how to package Scotland. Cantlay predicted the expo will see more than £24 million worth of business being conducted. a 2012 study found the event itself generated £1.7 million for the local economy, with money being spent on accommodation, transport and restaurants. He added: "the system of pre-scheduled appointments over is looking bright," said Cantlay. "We will look to build on all we have achieved, developing and winning world-class events, attracting key airlines and taking Scotland to the world." He said it was vital to "strike while the iron is hot" and remind visitors that Scotland is the "perfect stage for sporting, cultural and business events". "this year, the Year of Food and Drink will raise awareness of Scotland's restaurants, hotels, food producers, b&bs, takeaways, cafes and visitor attractions," he said. "We've also got world-class events like the iPC Swimming World Championships, the World Gymnastics Championships, the turner Prize, World orienteering Championships, the aberdeen asset Management Scottish open, the open Championship and the Women's british open to name but a few." the expo will also look towards 2016, which has been designated as the Year of innovation, architecture and Design. Victorian craze for the photograph. Helmand Return is on at the National War Museum until March 2016, and is the work of renowned photographer Robert Wilson, and records the british troops' final tour of duty in afghanistan. Fully Fashioned: The Pringle of Scotland Story (april 10-august 16) marks the company's 2015 bicentenary, tracing its evolution from a small hosiery firm making undergarments to an international fashion knitwear brand. opening on September 18, The Silversmith's Art: Made in Britain Today will present work from the Contemporary Silver Collection of the Goldsmiths' Company, london. this summer, the National Museum of Scotland also commemorates the 200th anniversary of the battle of Waterloo with Waterloo: After the Battle (May 15-September 27). © National Museums Scotland at the National Museum of Scotland exploring the birth of photography. Photography: A Victorian Sensation (June 19-November 22) will introduce the pioneers of photography and explore the Daguerreotype of a little girl on a striped cushion holding a framed daguerreotype of a man, by Ross & Thomson of Edinburgh Historic Scotland highlights group- friendly products Stand K13, K15, K17 HiStoRiC Scotland will promote a new online booking system for group visits and inclusive tours, plus multi-visit passes such as the popular Explorer Pass. as Scotland's largest operator of heritage visitor attractions, Historic Scotland cares for 345 historic sites and runs 78 heritage attractions which span 5,000 years of history. these include Edinburgh Castle – Scotland's number-one paid-for visitor attraction – Stirling Castle, urquhart Castle, Skara brae Prehistoric Village in orkney and iona abbey. the Explorer Pass suits groups or individuals visiting several properties, and can be used as part of a package or offered as an optional add-on. JacTravel expands Edinburgh operation Stand H24 JaCtRaVEl is planning a series of events this year with clients, suppliers and trade partners to mark its 40th anniversary. the firm has two divisions: online wholesale accommodation, and a uK inbound group travel division providing tailored tours to the uK and ireland. Mario bodini, Jactravel's executive vice president, said: "We've had 40 years of consistent growth. that is an incredible ride, which we could not have enjoyed without a fantastic effort by a wonderful team of staff and suppliers. thank you all." as the business grows, the Jactravel team in Edinburgh will move to a larger office in april. the company's headquarters are in london and it has a newly opened office in Dublin. the team at Jactravel will meet existing and new partners at VisitScotland expo to talk about new products and discuss future partnerships. Historic Scotland also works with the National trust for Scotland and Discovering Distilleries to offer the Scottish Heritage Pass, a seven-day ticket that gives access to about 150 of Scotland's top visitor attractions. both these passes offer trade discounts and provide fast-track entry to several Historic Scotland attractions. other add-ons include Edinburgh Castle's afternoon tea package in the Queen anne tearoom and "out-of-hours" private tours at Edinburgh and Stirling castles. Trump golf course tees up visitors at expo Stand B3 tRuMP international Golf links will highlight how it can host corporate golf events, product launches, conferences, meetings and functions. a new clubhouse will open in May, which aims to suit golfers and non-golfers, business lunches or events for 100-plus people. the estate also features the five- star Macleod House and lodge, a 19-room hotel that can trace its origins back to the 15th Century. owned by uS businessman Donald trump, the destination is 25 minutes by car from aberdeen airport and 15 minutes from the city centre. the two days allows businesses to arrange meetings with their preferred partners. "However it's not just about formal meetings – expo provides an opportunity for buyers to meet in an informal setting." the expo will build on the success of 2014, which saw the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles and Homecoming events. "using 2014 as the springboard for economic success, the future Weddings woo visitors to Gretna Green Stand K27 RiSiNG numbers of couples are marrying at Gretna Green's famous blacksmith's shop, providing a romantic backdrop for visitors to the attraction. tripadvisor reviews reveal that visitors enjoy seeing a real wedding taking place, while newly-weds relish being a 'celebrity' for the day. in 2014, almost 1,600 couples married in this historic building, an increase of 7% on 2013. Visitor numbers rose by almost 7% to more than 813,300. lynda Denton, marketing manager, said: "the number of couples choosing to marry at the famous blacksmith's shop grows year-on-year, which not only keeps this romantic tradition alive but creates a buzz and excitement for our visitors that is like no other." the Scottish village, on the border with England, became famous for runaway weddings following a change in English marriage law in 1754.

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