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Best of Both Worlds

Press release   •   Mar 20, 2018 14:28 GMT

View over Oban Bay. Picture credit: Kieran J Duncan

A new marketing campaign aimed at encouraging adventure seekers and food loving culturalists to experience the best of both city and country life in Argyll, Loch Lomond and Glasgow has been given a £40,000 funding boost.

Best of Both, led by destination marketing organisation, Argyll & the Isles Tourism Cooperative, has been awarded the money by VisitScotland through its Growth Fund.

The 12-month campaign builds on previous Growth Funded campaigns #PackMoreIn and #WildAboutArgyll, which highlighted Glasgow’s proximity to the coast and countryside.

Best of Both will promote the dynamic short breaks offered by Argyll’s countryside and coastal credentials and Glasgow’s vibrant culture – found right on each other’s doorstep – which allow adventure seekers to combine a city break with micro adventures on Scotland’s “adventure coast”.

Films and itineraries combining the two destinations will be created as part of the joint campaign, while digital marketing will target more than a million prospective visitors living in the north of England and east of Scotland.

Argyll & the Isles Tourism Cooperative will deliver Best of Both with partners Argyll & Bute Council, Glasgow Life, Love Loch Lomond, Scotrail, Calmac, West Coast Motors and Loganair.

VisitScotland Growth Fund supports national, regional and sectoral tourism groups across Scotland to deliver partnership marketing campaigns and constituted groups can apply for awards of £10,000 to £40,000.

Liz Buchanan MBE, Regional Partnerships Director at VisitScotland, said: “Glasgow, Loch Lomond and Argyll & the Isles each offer unique experiences in their own right and, having proven their success in previous city-and-rural joint marketing together, I’m delighted that we are able to support this latest campaign through the Growth Fund.

“The campaign is a wonderful approach to promoting the rich assets of each destination in a way in which will enhance the visitor experience.

“We promote Scotland with Scotland. Partnership and collaboration is at the heart of Scottish tourism and VisitScotland works with local industry to develop and deliver innovative initiatives that grow the visitor economy.”

Calum Ross, Chair of Argyll & The Isles Tourism Cooperative, said: “Argyll & The Isles Tourism Cooperative is delighted to be awarded this Growth Fund grant for the ambitious ‘Best of Both’ campaign.

“During our Wild About Argyll campaign we have been building an innovative partnership with Argyll & Bute Council, Glasgow Life, Love Loch Lomond and our four main transport partners – Scotrail, Calmac, Loganair and West Coast Motors.

“This significant funding award will allow us all to cement these relationships and jointly deliver a really exciting dual destination campaign celebrating, quite literally, the Best of Both – the City of Glasgow and Argyll & The Isles, Scotland’s Adventure Coast.”


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