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Historic welcome for event planners

Press Release   •   Sep 27, 2017 12:11 BST

Historic characters from Edinburgh company Mercat Tours

Top event organisers from around Europe will be serenaded by Sir Walter Scott, Robert Burns and Mary, Queen of Scots when Meet in Scotland comes to Edinburgh for the first time this week.

The costumed historians from Mercat Tours will be part of a dinner at the Signet Library tomorrow (Thursday) ahead of Friday’s workshop, which is organised by the Business Events team at VisitScotland. Lord Thurso, Chairman of the national tourism organisation, will address the delegates, who will be travelling to the Capital from Germany, France and from around the UK. The welcome dinner is sponsored by Convention Edinburgh, Heritage Portfolio and Mercat Tours.

Previously held in Fife, Perthshire and Glasgow, the fourth annual B2B event will bring together 25 event planners with 25 Scottish venues and suppliers.

The workshop, which will be held at The Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square, will take the form of speed appointments, showcasing Scotland as the perfect destination for the MICE (meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions) market.

Among the Edinburgh suppliers taking part are Edinburgh Castle, Heritage Portfolio, The Royal College of Surgeons, Contini Restaurants & Events and National Museums Scotland.

Meet in Scotland will be followed by familiarisation (fam) trips, which will take in venues such as Stirling Castle, Gleneagles and Peebles Hydro.

Theresa Ring from VisitScotland’s Business Events team said: “Business events are hugely important to the Scottish economy and are an integral way of promoting this country as a place to live, work, visit and invest. Business events accounts for a fifth of tourism spend in Scotland, so events like Meet in Scotland are an important showcase for our stunning range of venues and accommodation.”

Amanda Ferguson, Head of Business Tourism at Convention Edinburgh, said: “Convention Edinburgh is delighted to welcome Meet in Scotland delegates to the Capital. Having been so involved in previous events, I know the calibre of MICE buyers that are attracted to this VisitScotland flagship event.

“Meet in Scotland is an excellent opportunity for Edinburgh to showcase its business tourism credentials to an influential group of buyers and generate future conference, meeting and incentive enquiries. Sponsoring the welcome dinner is a great way to enhance the event and give delegates the full-Edinburgh experience pulling in numerous local partners including Heritage Portfolio, Mercat Tours and Beltane.”

To find out more about VisitScotland Business Events, go to www.conventionscotland.com 

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