As Dundee and Angus businesses prepare for the region’s annual tourism conference, VisitScotland Regional Director Jim Clarkson is looking forward to discussing ways in which businesses can capitalise on a once in a lifetime opportunity in the area.
Ahead of the Dundee & Angus Tourism Conference and Opportunity Summit at The Verdant Work’s High Mill on 15 March, Jim Clarkson said: “This event is a great chance for businesses in the region to meet and hear about the ways in which we can all make the most of the amazing opportunities presented in Dundee and the surrounding area.
“The ongoing Waterfront redevelopment is bringing a whole host of new possibilities to the city and beyond. The commercial opportunities presented by the opening of the V&A, in particular, are likely to be vast. It’s therefore important that we lay the foundations now in order to capitalise on this exciting new period for tourism in Dundee and Angus.”
“The Opportunity Summit part of the day will be a great chance to hear from a range of businesses that have first-hand experience of making the most of tourism opportunities. Workshops on how to maximise transport, attractions, food and drink and digital will support businesses to make the most of the future international centre of design and the ripple effect that this will have.”
One of the businesses which will be contributing to a workshop at the Dundee & Angus Opportunity Summit is Localmotion Land Trains. The local land train operator, which has been active in Broughty Ferry since May 2014, will discuss ways that new tours and experiences can be developed.
Euan Stewart of Localmotion Land Trains said:
'We are a local family run business committed to providing a fun and functional attraction in Dundee. The fantastic changes that are taking place within the region are creating exciting opportunities for existing businesses and start-ups. We are delighted to have been invited to have our business showcased as part of the Opportunity Summit and we are really looking forward to sharing experiences and learning from others including some notable industry leaders.”
The Dundee & Angus Tourism Conference and Opportunity Summit is run in partnership between VisitScotland, Dundee & Angus Chamber of Commerce and Dundee and Angus Councils. The event is part of Scottish Tourism Week Connecting 2020 and will be attended by Fergus Ewing MSP, Minister for Business, Energy and Tourism.
Delegates will be invited to take part in workshops which will focus on the opportunities that the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design will bring to the area including Dundee’s major waterfront development and the future V&A Museum of Design.
The summit will also seek to reach out to those who would like to develop any new tourism products or ideas with a range of agencies in attendance on the day to support business. These include Business Gateway, Scottish Enterprise, Social Enterprise Network, V&A, Environment & Licensing.
Alison Henderson, Chief Executive Officer of Dundee & Angus Chamber of Commerce said:
"We’re really pleased to be a partner in this event - it's important for us to inspire businesses to take advantage of the many tourism opportunities that currently exist and are coming to our region in the future. The conference will cover the national, regional and local factors which affect the industry, and encourage many conversations about case studies, collaboration and ideas to inspire. And in the afternoon a special session called the Opportunity Summit will encourage local businesses to focus on the commercial opportunities presented by the opening of the V&A Dundee in 2018. Now is the time to have that lightbulb moment and help shape the future of the hospitality and tourism sector in Dundee & Angus.”
Stephen Leckie, Chair of The Scottish Tourism Alliance said:
“The theme of Scottish Tourism Week 2016 is ‘Connecting 2020’ and during the week, businesses and organisations from all sectors and the length and breadth of Scotland are coming together to celebrate that ‘tourism is everyone’s business’. Tourism is one of the most important economic sectors for Scotland and Dundee will undoubtedly be playing an increasingly important role.
“The Tourism Opportunity Summit will be an excellent networking event as well a great chance to hear more about the exciting opportunities coming to the region and as the Tourism Leadership Group responsible for coordinating the national tourism strategy, the Scottish Tourism Alliance is looking forward to hearing more about the region’s plans and how the sector can make the most of the opportunities.”
The Dundee and Angus Tourism Conference 2016 is sponsored by Business Gateway.
For more information visit www.scottishtourismweek.scot
Caption: Euan (top left) and Elaine Stewart (bottom left) of Localmotion Land Trains are joined by Ann Kerr from event sponsors, Business Gateway ahead of the Dundee & Angus Tourism Conference and Opportunity Summit. Credit: Graham Hood
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