Artists’ impression of the new visitor centre.

Demolition kickstarts regeneration of Galashiels

The start of the regeneration of Galashiels is underway with the removal of a derelict town centre building. The former Poundstretcher building has been demolished, signalling the start of a major transformation of this area…

83agency scoop three gongs at the 2018 IPM Awards

The Institute of Promotional Marketing has named “On the trail of Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites” by 83agency the best campaign in the Most Effective Partnership category at its annual awards ceremony in London.…

(l-r) Angela Dineen, Operations Director, Susan Morrison, CEO and Julie Trevisan Hunter, Marketing Director

Three senior promotions at The Scotch Whisky Experience

The Scotch Whisky Experience in Edinburgh has announced three senior promotions. A triumvirate of whisky women is now running the business as executive directors, with Susan Morrison appointed as CEO alongside two others who now…

Gary Voy

Gary Voy: New Chinese carrier is a huge shot in the arm for Scottish Tourism

News story: [insert page='first-direct-China-flight-to-Scotland-arrives-in-Edinburgh-today' display='link'] Fantastic news of the new route touching down! We were delighted to see the Hainan Airlines’ flight – the first direct flight coming into Edinburgh Airport from Beijing - emerge…

First direct China flight to Scotland arrives in Edinburgh today

Edinburgh is today [12 June] celebrating the vast economic potential of a new air-link with one of the world’s fastest growing emerging markets, as the first Hainan Airlines flight from Beijing lands in the Capital…

Glasgow celebrates busiest May on record for business tourism

More than 22,000 conference delegates came to Glasgow over the last month, making it the city’s busiest May on record for business tourism and boosting the local economy by £25.5 million. Conferences in May started…

Edinburgh tourism

New research strengthens case for Edinburgh Transient Visitor Levy

A Transient Visitor Levy would not deter tourists from visiting the Capital, according to research published today by the City of Edinburgh Council. The findings point to a strongly performing hospitality sector with some of the highest…

Francois Bourienne and Mr Ruijun Jia, Vice President of Shanghai Airport Authority

Glasgow Airport and Shanghai Airport Authority form alliance to grow visitor numbers between China and Scotland

Glasgow Airport and Shanghai Airport Authority have signed a partnership agreement that will see the two cities work together to jointly petition China's main airlines to establish a direct air link in the future between…

The Corinthian

Aberdeen Harbour welcomes first cruise ship of 2018 season

The first cruise ship of the 2018 season arrived in Aberdeen Harbour this week, officially opening the cruising season in the north-east. The Corinthian, with five decks and on deck jacuzzi, arrived at Aberdeen on Tuesday (May…

Cat Leaver

New project director for £6 million ‘Scotland is Now’ campaign

Cat Leaver has been announced as the project director of a bold new £6m marketing strategy for Scotland. Ms Leaver takes on the role of project director for Brand Scotland from 3 July 2018 and will oversee…

From left - Elizabeth Squair and Neil Dewar

Old Town partners take centre stage to boost city centre conference opportunities

Two of Edinburgh’s most iconic Old Town institutions are joining forces in a move that could see a multi-million-pound boost into the heart of the city. The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd) and the…

The Scotch Whisky Experience

Three Cheers for 30 Years of The Scotch Whisky Experience

The Scotch Whisky Experience is toasting 30 years as Edinburgh’s finest whisky visitor attraction with the creation of a new and exclusive bottled blend and some special events. Since opening in 1988, the five-star Royal…

Visit Aberdeenshire

Aberdeen Ambassador Network celebrates multi-million-pound year

VisitAberdeenshire recognised the achievements of academics and business leaders who added over £2.5million to the local economy by hosting 15 conferences in Aberdeen in 2017 at last night’s (25 April) Aberdeen Ambassador Network awards ceremony.…

Claire Bruce

VisitAberdeenshire appoints new Chairperson

VisitAberdeenshire has appointed Claire Bruce as its new chairperson and officially took over the role from outgoing chair Colin Crosby MBE at yesterday’s (23 April) board meeting. As the inaugural chair since the formation of…

Martin Gill, Lead Partner for BDO in Scotland

Scottish hotels outperformed the rest of the UK

An influx of overseas visitors combined with the rise of the UK as a ‘staycation nation’ has resulted in a bumper year for the Scottish hotel market, according to a new report published today by…

Inglis Lyon

1,780,521 passengers used HIAL airports during last 12 month

The latest airport passenger figures from Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd (HIAL) reveal a 7.4% increase in passenger numbers in the financial year 2017/2018. More travellers than ever before have used the company’s 11 airports…

Laurie Scott

VisitAberdeenshire appoints head of new Convention & Events Bureau

VisitAberdeenshire has appointed Laurie Scott as its first head of Convention and Events Bureau. Laurie joins VisitAberdeenshire from Visit Belfast, the official tourism marketing agency for the Belfast City region, and brings over 15 years…

A student testing virtual reality at Abertay University, Dundee (Credit Abertay University)

Global campaign takes Scotland to the world

A major new campaign will put Scotland in the international spotlight and showcase the country’s world-leading assets to a global audience. Launching simultaneously today in North America, London and China, ‘Scotland is Now’ is designed…

The First Minister in China

Chinese visitor spending up 414% since 2007

Total spend by Chinese visitors to Scotland has increased by 414% - from £7 million to £36 million since 2007. Over the same period, the number of visitors from China has increased by 192%, with…

Dewar's Aberfeldy Distillery Exterior

Dewar’s Aberfeldy Distillery toasts record year with best visitor attraction win

The team at Perthshire-based Dewar’s Aberfeldy Distillery is in high spirits after topping off five years of growth in its visitor experience business by winning Best Visitor Attraction at the Scottish Thistle Awards - Scotland’s tourism Oscars.…

Yvonne Cook

VisitAberdeenshire appoints Head of Tourism Development

VisitAberdeenshire, the lead tourism agency for Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire has confirmed the appointment of Yvonne Cook as its Head of Tourism Development. Yvonne brings over 30 years of tourism experience to the role having previously…

Dalriada Luxury Lodges

£1.5m Stonehaven self-catering lodges complex opens

Dalriada Luxury Lodges, a £1.5m, 5-star standard, self-catering accommodation business opened in Stonehaven today (March 30th, 2018). The business is owned by the McAlpine family and led by Bob McAlpine, a former oil and gas executive…

The award winners from 2017

Aberdeen City and Shire Tourism Awards 2018 opens for entries

The search is on to find the next winners of the north east’s annual tourism Oscars. Entries have now opened for the 2018 Aberdeen City and Shire Tourism Awards (ACSTA) with 14 accolades up for…

A CGI of the proposed MEININGER Hotel

Legal & General to develop new Glasgow hotel for MEININGER Hotels

LGIM Real Assets (Legal & General) has signed an agreement to develop a new hotel in the heart of Glasgow city centre on behalf of its Linked Life Fund. The hotel has been pre-let to MEININGER…

Finance Secretary Derek Mackay with the Highland Discovery app

Young people at forefront of new A9 tourism app

In the Year of Young People, primary and secondary school kids and students have been at the forefront of developing content for an new tourism phone app to help visitors explore the hidden treasures of the A9.…