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From Swedes to Kiwis, we’re keeping a close eye on the competition

From Swedes to Kiwis, we’re keeping a close eye on the competition

Blog posts   •   May 19, 2017 16:18 BST

VisitScotland Chief Executive Malcolm Roughead talks about the importance of keeping abreast of international trends and how Scotland can learn from other destinations.

Giving rugby tourism a try

Giving rugby tourism a try

Blog posts   •   May 09, 2017 15:37 BST

 #AskTheVSChief

#AskTheVSChief

Blog posts   •   Apr 20, 2017 17:03 BST

Chief Executive Twitter Q&A to take place at Expo

Delivering success for Scotland on a global stage

Delivering success for Scotland on a global stage

Blog posts   •   Apr 11, 2017 17:19 BST

​Last Friday, we announced a collaboration of huge importance for Scottish tourism. Our new initiative with TripAdvisor, announced by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon at Carnegie Hall, represents a giant step forward in scaling up how we market and sell Scotland to the world, writes Charlie Smith, VisitScotland Director of Marketing.

Investing in our young people

Investing in our young people

Blog posts   •   Mar 22, 2017 16:21 GMT

In case you didn’t notice, Scottish Apprenticeship Week has whizzed past again for another year, writes Malcolm Roughead, Chief Executive of VisitScotland.

This week in tourism

This week in tourism

Blog posts   •   Mar 15, 2017 16:39 GMT

This week sees one of the most important points in the tourism industry calendar – Scottish Tourism Week, writes Malcolm Roughead, Chief Executive of VisitScotland.

Happy St Andrew, Andrea, Andre, Andreas, Andreea’s Day!

Happy St Andrew, Andrea, Andre, Andreas, Andreea’s Day!

Blog posts   •   Nov 30, 2016 14:43 GMT

Our Chief Executive Malcolm Roughead would like to wish you all a very happy St Andrew's Day! And invite you to view a special video we made to celebrate it.

Taking it a year at a time

Taking it a year at a time

Blog posts   •   Nov 03, 2016 16:26 GMT

Themed years have been pivotal in bringing together Scotland’s tourism and events industries as well as helping us to further raise Scotland’s reputation. Find out more about the themed years in our Chief Executive's latest blog.

Airlines reach new heights

Airlines reach new heights

Blog posts   •   Oct 05, 2016 17:10 BST

VisitScotland Chief Executive, Malcolm Roughead, discusses the importance of being a high-flyer.

Dream to dare: the tourism entrepreneur has landed

Dream to dare: the tourism entrepreneur has landed

Blog posts   •   Sep 07, 2016 16:43 BST

VisitScotland's Chief Executive, Malcolm Roughead, recently caught up with three innovative businesses, each making a unique impact on Scotland's visitor economy.

Tourism is everyone's business

Tourism is everyone's business

Blog posts   •   Aug 25, 2016 13:46 BST

Lord Thurso looks to the future of tourism in Scotland, in the third of a three-part interview with the new VisitScotland chairman by journalist Kenny Kemp.

For the love of hospitality

For the love of hospitality

Blog posts   •   Aug 18, 2016 15:39 BST

Lord Thurso talks of accidently getting into the hospitality industry to his leadership in building luxury hotel brands, in the second of a three-part interview with the new VisitScotland chairman by journalist Kenny Kemp.

Taking Scotland to the next level

Taking Scotland to the next level

Blog posts   •   Aug 11, 2016 12:47 BST

Lord Thurso says he feels confident that his previous leadership roles in international hospitality will help him take Scotland to the next level, in the first of a three-part interview with the new VisitScotland chairman by journalist Kenny Kemp.

Time to harness Community #ScotSpirit

Time to harness Community #ScotSpirit

Blog posts   •   Jul 07, 2016 10:00 BST

VisitScotland Director of Marketing, Charlie Smith, talks about the national tourism organisation's mission to plant a Scot in every location worldwide, to share what makes this country so special, through a new online community.

Haggis, neeps and chatty - Have transport, will travel

Haggis, neeps and chatty - Have transport, will travel

Blog posts   •   May 30, 2016 10:01 BST

Recently, our CEO, Malcolm Roughead , wrote a piece on train travel to Scotland noting the increase in train journeys from London to Edinburgh and around the country.

Haggis, neeps and chatty - Finding innovation in everything

Haggis, neeps and chatty - Finding innovation in everything

Blog posts   •   Mar 31, 2016 15:13 BST

The word hinterland describes my ideal place to be. Those unexplored or untouched parts of a country where I can get a bit lost. I often do.

Haggis, neeps and chatty - Keeping my spirits high

Haggis, neeps and chatty - Keeping my spirits high

Blog posts   •   Feb 24, 2016 16:36 GMT

So, what do you think of our Seven Spirits of Scotland (Determination, Fun, Guts, Humour, Soul, Spark, and Warmth) – introduced to the world as part of our new global marketing campaign?

Haggis, neeps and chatty - 2016 is looking trendy

Haggis, neeps and chatty - 2016 is looking trendy

Blog posts   •   Dec 15, 2015 14:39 GMT

My folks used to own a hotel and restaurant in rural Perthshire and I remember this time of year as outright pandemonium.

Haggis, neeps and chatty - Shoots to thrill

Haggis, neeps and chatty - Shoots to thrill

Blog posts   •   Oct 28, 2015 17:18 GMT

Last month was huge for Scotland, film and me. After quite a lot of build-up and fanfare I got to see one of Scottish history’s greatest characters on screen, marching through dramatic Highland scenery, engaged in high octane battle scenes and delivering powerful speeches.

Haggis, neeps and chatty - People, people!

Haggis, neeps and chatty - People, people!

Blog posts   •   Sep 21, 2015 14:26 BST

​Once again, I am going to make the claim that Scotland is better than every other country in the world at something; this month that it is - the perfect stage for events.