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A Royal Welcome for VisitScotland’s Expo

Press release   •   Apr 20, 2016 13:10 BST

This week, The Royal Yacht Britannia gave VisitScotland’s expo a right Royal welcome!

Scotland’s best visitor attraction, Britannia, rolled out the red carpet for Scotland's premier travel trade event in Edinburgh, with a welcome ‘fit for a queen’. Expo takes place from 20-21 April, coinciding with Her Majesty The Queen’s birthday on Thursday 21 April and to celebrate, The Royal Yacht’s famous butlers were joined at Edinburgh Castle by VIP guests, Becky and Bonnie, the corgis.

Britannia served the Royal Family and The Queen for over 40 years and is now a 5 star visitor attraction and prestigious evening events venue.

Chief Executive of The Royal Yacht Britannia, Bob Downie said: “As Scotland’s Best Attraction for 10 years’ running, rated by VisitScotland, we are looking forward to the industry’s main event, and to welcoming delegates from across the world to celebrate a momentous year for The Queen.” 

VisitScotland expo, being held at the Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh, will see quality travel trade buyers from across the globe meet with over 280 leading Scottish business, showcasing the best Scottish tourism products on offer.

Malcolm Roughead, Chief Executive of VisitScotland, said: “We are delighted that The Royal Yacht Britannia will be celebrating her majesty’s 90th birthday in style at this year’s expo. Scotland’s heritage attractions are jewels in our tourism crown and it is fantastic to see so many heading along to the Royal Highland Centre this week.

“VisitScotland expo is an invaluable opportunity for Scottish tourism businesses to meet face to face with tour operators from across the globe, bringing the opportunity to make new contacts, negotiate new deals and learn new ways of doing business.

“As the country’s biggest travel trade event, this is the chance to see the whole of Scotland under one roof with the 37th year of expo is set to be our biggest and best yet.”

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Photo Caption: Bonnie the corgi enjoys a tasty treat at Edinburgh Castle to celebrate the launch of VisitScotland expo 2016, which takes place today (Wednesday) and tomorrow at the Royal Highland Centre in Edinburgh. Bonnie and fellow corgi Becky will be at the Royal Yacht Britannia stand at expo to celebrate Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th birthday tomorrow and are pictured being taken for a walk at the Castle last night by Mercat tour guides Miriam Dittberner, Niall Moorjani and Angela Giancarlo. They are also pictured with Britannia butlers Laura MacCallum and Angela Thomson

For further information or for High Res images contact:

Angela Thomson, Marketing Executive

+44 (0) 131 555 8800

AngelaT@tryb.co.uk

Or tom.maxwell@visitscotland.com; 0131 472 2409

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Notes to Editors

    The Royal Yacht Britannia

    An unforgettable attraction for visitors, as well as a prestigious evening events venue, Britannia is regarded as one of Edinburgh’s ‘must-see’ destinations. Britannia was home to Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family for over 40 years, sailing over one million miles around the world.

    Following The Yacht’s decommissioning in 1997, Britannia is now berthed in Edinburgh, where visitors can follow in the footsteps of Royalty to discover the heart and soul of this most special of Royal residences.

    The Royal Yacht Britannia has played host to some of the most influential people in the world, including Sir Winston Churchill, Ronald Reagan and Nelson Mandela.

    2015 was an impressive year for the five-star attraction, with over 300,000 visitors (308,906 ) coming aboard, the busiest since their opening year and Britannia has officially been named Scotland’s Best Visitor Attraction for ten years’ running (VisitScotland), with a quality assurance score of 96%.

    Providing the highest standards of customer experience to every visitor, regardless of age or ability, is at the heart of Britannia’s success, and recent developments have included the audio guide being available in British Sign Language, Braille and 27 languages, making it the most translated tour in the world.

    With over 10,000 reviews, The Royal Yacht has held its position among TripAdvisor’s top 3 UK Landmark Attractions for two years’ running, actually taking the No.1 spot in 2014. The award-winning attraction has also received TripAdvisor’s Award for Excellence r 4 years in a row.

    The Royal Yacht Britannia is owned by a charitable trust (SC028070) and all surplus funds are reinvested in protecting her for future generations. The Trust’s responsibility is to maintain and preserve Britannia in keeping with her former role and to display her to the public as a key part of British maritime history. The Trust is a wholly self-funding, not-for-profit, charitable organisation. Britannia is the official headquarters of the Association of Royal Yachtsmen.

    The Royal Edinburgh Ticket

    The Royal Edinburgh Ticket, is the best way to explore the Royal splendours of Scotland's capital.  Providing unlimited travel on board Edinburgh Bus Tours’ four+ city tours, fast track admission to Edinburgh Castle, The Royal Yacht Britannia and Palace of Holyroodhouse.  Saving over 20%.

    Sales of The Royal Edinburgh Ticket have grown by 30% in 2015 from the previous year.

    Mercat Tours

    Mercat Tours is an award-winning walking tour company operating scheduled history and ghost tours of Edinburgh, including, exclusively, the Blair Street Underground Vaults.  Mercat Tours is a family business and original 5 star walking tour company in Scotland, operating since 1985.  Diversifying into bespoke group tours, coach guides, city tours and costumed interpretation new brand ‘Mercat Presents…’ launched in 2013.  Outbound educational tours to WWI & WWII battlefields of Europe are operated by Mercat Tours International.

    For further information contact:

    Jean Burke, Marketing Manager, Mercat Tours,jean@mercattours.com 0131 225 5445.

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