Posts Tagged ‘ Visit Scotland ’

Dream now: travel later

Mar 13th, 2021 | By
mage of Melrose Abbey

Marie Coulon from Visit Scotland is reported to have told the ITB audience that summer holidays can definitely be booked this summer.

Visit Dundee and crowdfunding

May 6th, 2018 | By

With a big splash, VisitDundee was launched in late March this year, as a new tourism venture to promote the city as a short break destination.

A small crack or hole where insects live?

Dec 18th, 2017 | By

It has given a shot of publicity to Scotland and might encourage more people to visit the country even if only to the Gaelic speaking areas where visitors can ask what “Còsagach” really means.

The Scottish Thistle Awards

Mar 19th, 2017 | By
interior of the National Museum

At the Scottish Thistle Awards held last week, Freda Newton, who owns and manages Loch Ness by Jacobite, won the Silver Thistle Award

The “Pets Welcome Charter”

Oct 13th, 2016 | By
two bulldogs laying on a sun lounger

Embrace Scotland, has launched a “Pets Welcome Charter”, to make it easier for guests, holidaying with their pets, to find properties where pets are actively welcomed as opposed to tolerated.


Feb 4th, 2016 | By

Parts of Cumbria, Lacashire, Yorkshire and Scotland were flooded before and after Christmas. Most parts weren’t. Will we holiday tere this half-term and Easter?

Saturday snippets: 10th January 2015

Jan 10th, 2015 | By

Two competitons, one to take in Scotland and the other at Val-Thorens are covered by Adrian this week as are mentions of some of the sales around at the moment.

And, in Scotland…

Nov 21st, 2014 | By
Battle of Bannockburn Experience

On top of those visitor awards in the north east of England come two sets of Scottish awards in the tourism sector. The awards from the Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions (ASVA) and Visit Scotland’s regional finanlists have been announced.

Travel Together Now! Month

Sep 11th, 2014 | By
lake District

This is the name given by USTOA – US Travel Operators Association – to a promotion in the US to encourage people to holiday. Why mention it? Because why don’t we have something like it here?

Win a stay in the Scottish Isles

Mar 2nd, 2014 | By

As part of the Year of Homecoming Scotland 2014celebrations, Visit Scotland have teamed up with Caledonian MacBrayneand NorthLink Ferries to bring you 8,000 free ferry tickets to the Scottish isles.

Scotland: where legends come to life

Jun 22nd, 2012 | By

his is the name given to the big new advertising push to encourage us to go to Scotland. Visit Scotland lauches this today in the US and in August to coincide with the Pixar film “Brave” opening in the UK.

One of the great railway experiences

May 24th, 2012 | By

Travelling from Kyle of Lochalsh to Iverness by train is Britain’s most scenic rail journey, writes Adrian

Olympics? Come to Scotland.

Nov 6th, 2011 | By

Tom Jenkins of ETOA- European Tour Operators Association – has been pointing out that the Games could be cause a downturn in tourists to London as people stay away. Hotel rates are treble the price says ETOA. Is that not enough to dissuade the tourists who would normally come?

There’s Going to be a Wedding

Nov 18th, 2010 | By

This won’t come as news to any of you unless you’ve managed not to see TV, read a newspaper, look at the internet or talk to anyone in the last 36 hours. I’d almost be prepared to bet that lost tribes up the Amazon have heard about it. Whales are probably distributing the news via their low frequency sonar system to pods around the world so that even the animal kingdom knows. And talking of Wales, the first minister sent a brief and correct cordial message of congratulations to the happy couple.
Unlike Visit Scotland and Visit Britain which have decided this presents too good an opportunity not to trumpet the tourism potential of their areas.

Understanding Scottish Tourism

Oct 6th, 2010 | By

I confess I am perplexed.
Scotland has a strong image to attract tourists. It has history, a unique culture, heritage, scenery, a tremendous success in the Edinburgh Festival, empty roads for the most part in the highlands and yet the industry constantly seems in ferment. The National Trust for Scotland had had a difficult couple of years and I’m not sure members believe it any good at organising or running much at all. Visit Scotland has seen of its long term chief executive with a handsome payoff and some of its paymasters are grumbling about the results they have had back from their work. Small groups of individuals are banding together into their own promotion groups unhindered by the larger bodies and funded, more often than not, only by themselves. Now Deloittes have come up with a thought that Scotland has woefully under-calculated the value of tourism to the Scottish economy.

What Have the Tourist Boards Ever Done For Us?

Sep 25th, 2010 | By

What Have the Tourist Boards Ever Done For Us?
It’s a facetious question of course. They are there to provide us with information and suggestions of where we might holiday. They are a support group who, when we are stranded for ideas or accommodation, ride to the rescue. But they are undergoing change and what we have now may be different in the future. The main regionaltourist authorities such as South West Tourism and Welcome To Yorkshire are funded by the regional development agencies. But this are being wound up by the government. Funding will come from elsewhere but it has led to cutbacks already. South West Tourism will cease to exist as from next April and Cumbria Tourism has faced large cutbacks already.

The Holidaymaker and the PM

Aug 15th, 2010 | By

No this isn’t a salacious tabloid story but David Cameron made a speech on tourism and, as holidaymakers, we are all involved. Or should be. As I wrote a couple of days ago, I can’t remember the last time any Prime Minister paid any more than lip service to it. Yes, there was praise and comment at the appropriate time but hard-core support was limited. Will this time be any different?
Everyone travels, holidays or has a day out so everyone is affected and should be interested. But did the PM ask what we want?

Scotland’s Guerrilla Marketing

May 28th, 2010 | By

Scotland’s Guerrilla Marketing
In The Scotsman this morning, there is an exclusive interview with the new Chairman of Visit Scotland, Mike Cantlay. In it, he announces that there is a £5 budget to attract visitors to Scotland during the rest of the year. Of this money, £2 million is being spent targeting the rest of us living in the UK who are leaving holidays to the last minute and encouraging us to visit Scotland. In the next two weeks, this campaign will hit. Cantlay calls catching people late in the booking period guerrilla marketing. Whatever it is called it worked quite well as Ireland found last year when it left a lot of its promotion to the May/June/July period.

Fewer Holiday Lettings This Year in the UK?

Mar 31st, 2010 | By

UPDATE: Due to the election and the rush by the government to get legislation through, this tax alteration has been dropped. That’s not to say it may not be reintroduced if Labour wins the election but, for the time being, things remain as they are.
Unless you own property that is used as a holiday letting, you may not be aware of the new tax rules that come into being from April 6th. A lot of owners are giving serious consideration to selling up or stopping making their cottages and houses available as holiday lets so there could be a shortage available in the future.
What has brought this about?

Golfing Holidays & the Ryder Cup

Mar 3rd, 2010 | By

If you have been to Wales in the last year or two -or be interested in golf- it is hard to void the fact that the Ryder Cup is coming to the Celtic Manor Resort this coming September. So much has Visit Wales pushed the Ryder Cup possibilities that some people wonder why else you should go there. But after the Cup, people will still play golf and it isn’t only Wales that has courses.
After Homecoming in 2009, Scotland has to decided that it will attract golfers with its Drive it Home promotion.

Autumn in the Borders

Sep 20th, 2009 | By

Autumn is on its way; the leaves will be turning colour soon and then dropping. Apart from Scotland where the leaves may not drop because they’re plastic.

Do we need a Tourism Investment Bank?

Apr 22nd, 2009 | By

It seems a simple question on the face of it. Where has this idea come from? Philip Riddle, the Chief Executive of Visit Scotland is suggesting to both the Scottish and the UK governments that such a bank be created to put cash into the tourism sector.But isn’t the UK domestic tourism business doing rather well at the moment? Aren’t you and I seriously considering having our holidays in the UK this year? If that’s the case isn’t our cash going to support the growth
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