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Bringing youth tourism into focus

Press Release   •   Jun 07, 2018 10:08 BST

Influencers Davide Verri and Nicanor Garcia with Paula Ward, VisitScotland Regional Leadership Director, and Pete Duncan, Chair of Youth Travel Edinburgh. Photographer: Graham Clark

Edinburgh’s first ever destination-led campaign aimed at young visitors hopes to reach 3.5 million people across Europe with the support of VisitScotland.

#UncoverEdinburgh, led by Youth Travel Edinburgh and supported by the Edinburgh Tourism Action Group and Marketing Edinburgh, is a digital campaign looking to profile Scotland’s capital as a top youth tourism destination and has received a £40,000 Growth Fund award from the national tourism organisation. VisitScotland Growth Fund supports national, regional and sectoral tourism groups across Scotland to deliver partnership marketing campaigns.

Using Scotland’s 2018 Year of Young People (YOYP) as a platform, the partnership initiative looks to encourage visitors aged 18-26 from key European markets to come to Edinburgh on a year-round basis by pairing an Edinburgh influencer with an influencer sharing a similar special interest from cities like Barcelona, Paris and Amsterdam. A key focus of YOYP is co-production, and therefore the special interests were chosen by the Young Scot 2018 YOYP Ambassadors.

Ten carefully selected Edinburgh influencers are inviting a contemporary from a target European city to join them in Scotland’s capital where together they will create digital content using Edinburgh as an identifiable backdrop. They will then both spread content across social media which will then be shared by their followers.

So far, there have been two pairings and the most recent was between Edinburgh local Davide Verri and Nicanor Garcia from Barcelona, boasting a collective following of almost 740k, who share an interest in culturally significant architecture. Together they explored the city and took innovative photos of Edinburgh’s stunning architecture which they will be sharing on their Instagram accounts. One of Nicanor’s photos has already received almost 13k in engagements on social media.

A second strand of the campaign is the release of new digital assets for the trade to use – images and GIFs developed specifically to appeal to the youth market – which can be downloaded from uncoveredinburgh.org.

Youth travel is the fastest growing segment of global tourism and Edinburgh is second only to London for young visitors to the UK. Almost 2 million of the city’s visitors come into the millennial age bracket.

Pete Duncan, Chair of Youth Travel Edinburgh, said: “We are thrilled to receive support from VisitScotland’s Growth Fund. This campaign is a fantastic collaboration by Edinburgh’s tourism industry and a great opportunity for the city to position itself as the leading UK youth travel destination that can be enjoyed on a year-round basis.

Paula Ward, VisitScotland Regional Leadership Director, said: “#UncoverEdinburgh is an exciting campaign that has brought together Edinburgh’s tourism industry to grow the number of young people coming to Scotland’s capital. It’s particularly apt as we celebrate the Year of Young People which is an opportunity to celebrate and showcase the amazing young personalities, talents, and achievers that make up Scotland. It’s all about inspiring our nation through our young people’s ideas, attitudes and ambitions.

“We were delighted to support this project with our Growth Fund award and I am looking forward to seeing all the wonderful content these talented influencers produce. 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.”

YOYP 2018 is the next of the Scottish Government’s series of themed years, following the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology 2017. It looks to inspire Scotland through its young people aged 8 to 26, celebrating their achievements, valuing their contributions to communities and creating new opportunities for them to shine locally, nationally and globally.

Youth Travel Edinburgh is a 100+ strong business group for tour operators in the tourism sector in Edinburgh with a particular interest in the youth market. It is constituted, chaired by Pete Duncan of Radical Travel and represented on the Edinburgh Tourism Action Group. Until now, the group has focused on collaboration and advocacy around interest and issues, as well as networking, but #UncoverEdinburgh marks their first marketing campaign.

The VisitScotland Growth Fund supports collaborative tourism marketing projects which focus on growth and ensure that visitors experience the best of Scotland. To be eligible for a Growth Fund award, applicants must place a strong emphasis on digital marketing and the creation of digital content assets.

For more information about #UncoverEdinburgh go to www.edinburgh.org/things-to-do/uncoveredinburgh/

For more information about Youth Travel Edinburgh go to www.etag.org.uk/youthtraveledinburgh/

For more on the VisitScotland Growth Fund go to www.visitscotland.org/growthfund

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2018 Year of Young People

  • The Year of Young People (YoYP 2018) will inspire Scotland through its young people aged 8 to 26, celebrating their achievements, valuing their contributions to communities and creating new opportunities for them to shine locally, nationally and globally
  • Central to YoYP 2018 will be a celebratory events programme that puts young people at the heart of its development and delivery, creating new and valuable experiences for young Scots and the wider public, with links to the inaugural 2018 European Championships.
  • Over 200 young people throughout Scotland are currently being recruited to become YoYP 2018 Ambassadors. Ambassadors will ensure that people and organisations in their communities know about what’s happening and will lead on projects and activities to create events and opportunities to celebrate young people.
  • The Year of Young People will have six themes which were developed in co-production with young people themselves:
  • Participation – looking at how young people can influence public services and decisions which affect their lives
  • Education – creating a stronger role for young people in shaping their learning
  • Health and Wellbeing – supporting young people to lead healthier, active lives and have opportunities to learn about and improve their mental health and resilience
  • Equality and Discrimination – broadcasting the value of young Scots, challenging negative perceptions of young people, and supporting young people to take leading roles in challenging discrimination in all its forms.
  • Enterprise and regeneration – celebrating young people’s role in innovation, entrepreneurship and the Scottish economy as well as making Scotland a greener and more pleasant place to live
  • Culture – celebrating young people’s talent and contribution to Scottish culture and arts.
  • Further information on what’s happening and how people can get involved can be found on the new website www.yoyp2018.scot or @YOYP2018 on Twitter.

About VisitScotland Growth Funding

The VisitScotland Growth Fund supports collaborative tourism marketing projects which focus on growth and ensure that visitors experience why Scotland Is Now. To be eligible for a Growth Fund award, applicants must place a strong emphasis on digital marketing and the creation of digital content assets. They are also encouraged to align themselves with Scotland’s themed years, including the 2018 Year of Young People.www.visitscotland.org/growthfund