It’s an American favourite and a top “staycation” destination…now Scottish tourism is set for a big boost at next year’s VisitScotland Expo.
When it returns to Edinburgh on April 25-26 next year after a five year absence, the Royal Highland Centre show is expected to generate a whopping £1.7 million for the capital’s economy. This year’s event was held in Aberdeen but returns to the capital in 2012.
Scotland is also a major timeshare destination with Hilton, Marriott, Club La Costa among the many shared ownership specialists with resorts in the area. Gleneagles’ Seasonal Ownership by the world-famous Gleneagles golf course in beautiful Perthshire is among the most prestigious shared ownership resorts anywhere in Europe and this particular part of Scotland is one of actor Ewan McGregor’s favourite places.
Mike Cantlay, Chairman of VisitScotland said: We are delighted to be bringing Scotland’s flagship trade show back to Edinburgh. Expo 2011 proved a fantastic showcase for the whole of Scotland, as buyers from the likes of the USA, Canada and Europe, as well as emerging markets such as India and Russia sought to add Scotland to their tour itineraries.”
Scotland has been in the news recently on the golf front, too. Golf Tourism Scotland and IAGTO (International Association of Golf Tour Operators) are collaborating to boost international awareness of Scotland’s finest golf courses, to encourage visitors from outside the UK to come and enjoys its fairways and spectacular views.
Lee Derrick, Chairman of GTS, said the agreement marks a brand new era for the game. “In an increasingly competitive market with many fantastic courses and resorts to choose from, Scotland more than ever needs to ensure it is seen around the world as a desirable destination where golfers of all levels can play exceptional golf and enjoy a warm welcome.”
One of Club La Costa’s resorts, Duchally, is just minutes from the legendary course at Gleneagles while one of the newest fractional resorts in the UK, Machrahanish Dunes up north in the Mull of Kintyre, offers fractional shares in its golf homes. The resort has an on-site hotel, and the developers have added a new course in addition to the original 18-hole course, and, like St. Andrews and some of Scotland’s other famous places to play, one of the things that makes it so special is the fact that it’s a links course, which are relatively rare, located right by the sea.