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The only Seg-Way is Perthshire

Press Release   •   Oct 03, 2017 09:53 BST

The German fam trip group on their Segways at Crieff Hydro. Picture: Fraser Band

A group of top event organisers from Germany have visited Perthshire to see exactly what the region has to offer the business events market.

In a familiarisation (fam) trip organised by the Business Events team at VisitScotland together with Perth & Kinross Council, the nine-strong group took part in a number of activities, including Segway riding amid the spectacular scenery at Crieff Hydro.

The fam trip formed part of last week’s Meet in Scotland event in Edinburgh. The fourth annual B2B event, organised by VisitScotland, brought together 25 event planners with 25 Scottish venues and suppliers, showcasing Scotland as the perfect destination for the MICE (meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions) market.

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. We were delighted to work with Perth & Kinross Council to bring this group of top event organisers from Germany to the region to showcase some of its best venues and activities. We hope this will lead to more conferences and events being held here in the future.”

Councillor Colin Stewart, Convener of Perth & Kinross Council’s Environment, Enterprise & Infrastructure Committee, said: “Business tourism is one of the key priorities set out in the Perth City Plan 2015-2025. We want to establish Perth and Kinross as a destination of choice for conferences. Across the area we have a number of excellent venues which specifically cater for business tourism; these venues operate under the name the Perthshire Business Tourism Group and offer delegates a one-stop shop for facilities to host conferences, welcome delegates and provide an all-round meeting experience.”

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