Friday, February 15 2013
Following is a press release about the upcoming Argyll & the Isles Tourism Summit on Wednesday 13 March 2013 in the Marble Hall at Mount Stuart on the Isle of Bute. I have been thinking about posting this for a couple of days. I realise that this is perhaps not the most interesting post for all the regular readers but raising interest for a new tourism initiative in Argyll which will hopefully lead to more tourism for Islay and surrounding areas is a good enough reason I guess. It also gives an insight of what is happening behind the scenes to promote the area as a tourist destination.
The Argyll & The Isles Tourism Cooperative was set up in 2012 by "the Argyll & The Strategic Tourism Partnership" to take forward an ambitious â€˜Stronger Togetherâ€™ initiative. The Cooperative is industry based with membership from the local marketing groups, also the one from Islay, and other businesses and organisations with a strategic interest in promoting tourism in Argyll & The Isles. Mike Story, former Vice Chair of the Partnership, is the Executive Director with eight volunteer directors from across the region. Continue reading...
Following the resounding success of the Portavadie summit in 2012, a full programme for the 2013 summit has been devised offering high calibre key note speeches. The speakers and workshops will explore what we have to offer which is uniquely Argyll â€“ our 3175 miles of coastline, our 60 castles, our 14 world renowned distilleries and our 32 clan seats â€“ and the opportunities open to us by working closely together - with a strong focus on what we could be doing to ensure we secure local benefits when Scotland welcomes the world in 2014. There will be extensive networking opportunities and a series of calls to action for Argyll & the Isles linked to the Year of the Homecoming, the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles . The new 'Uniquely Argyll' website will be launched on the day, and the full 'Argyll Street' EXPO display will be set up in 'the Armoury' ahead of its appearance at the SECC in April.
This is the first summit to be delivered on one of our 25 inhabited islands and with the exceptionally good Calmac ferry services operating to and from the Isle of Bute there is a full conference programme between 10am and 4pm making it easy for all delegates to readily do this as a day trip â€“ but there are also special rates from VisitBute members for anyone wishing to stay overnight.
The main programme will take place in the spectacular Marble Hall at Mount Stuart with the breakout sessions in the Drawing room, Dining Room, The Armoury and the Crypt. A lunch featuring regional produce will be served in the award winning Mount Stuart Visitor Centre and everyone attending will be treated to a guided tour of one of the Worldâ€™s Great Houses here in Argyll and the Isles. To book a place and view the full programme and speaker list as it is confirmed please follow this link.