Tourism Symposium 2017 Sponsors

Arts Council England champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people’s lives. We support a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections. Great art and culture inspires us, brings us together and teaches us about ourselves and the world around us. In short, it makes life better. Between 2015 and 2018, we plan to invest £1.1 billion of public money from government and an estimated £700 million from the National Lottery to help create these experiences for as many people as possible across the country.


Marketing Edinburgh
Marketing Edinburgh is the agency dedicated to promoting Edinburgh capital to the world. We promote and champion Scotland’s capital city locally, nationally and internationally as a leading leisure, learning and business destination. Working closely with our members, corporate partners and stakeholders, we maintain the profile of Edinburgh as a world-class destination to visit, live, work, study and invest.

We welcome 4.2m visitors every year, who collectively spend £1.3bn. Our goal is to drive economic benefit to into the city through our key business areas: Convention Edinburgh; Film Edinburgh; and the Official Guide to Edinburgh, This is Edinburgh. 

Convention Edinburgh is the city’s convention bureau and lead organisation responsible for the marketing and promotion of Scotland's capital as a world-class meeting, conference, event and incentive destination. Creating awareness of Edinburgh on a national and international stage, Convention Edinburgh promotes the city as the perfect location to host a conference or business meeting.

Film Edinburgh is the local Film Commission for Edinburgh, East Lothian and the Scottish Borders. We market the city region as a filming destination, help filmmakers identify potential locations, put productions in touch with local crew and services, and ensure that the Edinburgh city region has film-friendly policies in place. In 2016, we brought £7.7m of economic benefit to the city with the help of productions such as Outlander, One of Us, The Secret Agent and Trainspotting 2.

This is Edinburgh is the hub of all the best things to do, see and enjoy in the city, aimed at locals and visitors alike. Our users come to the site to uncover great days out and experiences, and to get the inside scoop on the best little-known places that are waiting to be discovered.

Visit This is Edinburgh, the Official Guide to Edinburgh, online at


Visit Scotland
VisitScotland is Scotland’s national tourism organisation. Working closely with private businesses, public agencies and local authorities, we work to ensure that our visitors experience the very best of Scotland and that the country makes the most of its outstanding tourism assets and realises its potential.

The organisation’s core objective is to contribute to the Tourism 2020 Strategy ambition of growing tourism revenues by £1 billion by 2020.

This is supported by seven overarching strategies:

  1. Marketing: we will market Scotland and its outstanding assets to visitors from all parts of the world, including the promotion of Scotland to people living in Scotland to visit different parts of the country
  2. Events: we will support the national events strategy and its delivery, and sustain, develop and promote Scotland’s international profile as one of the world’s foremost events destinations
  3. Internationalisation and International Engagement: we will utilise all our platforms to enable Scottish-based tourism businesses to better understand international opportunities and market to a global audience and we will work within One Scotland Partnerships to optimise the potential of Scotland’s Diaspora and our strategic partners at regional, European and global levels
  4. Customer Experience: we will provide information and inspiration to visitors both locally and globally via their preferred medium of choice
  5. Quality and Sustainability: we will provide support and advice to businesses, with the goal of improving the quality and sustainability of the tourism sector in Scotland. We will provide quality assurance to visitors through our Quality Schemes
  6. Inclusive Tourism: we will strive to make tourism in Scotland inclusive and available to all
  7. Working in Partnership: we will listen to and work with the industry, partners and communities to shape our offering and support

Visit VisitScotland website here 

Family Holiday Association
The Family Holiday Association is the only national charity dedicated to providing seaside breaks and day trips for families coping with some of the toughest challenges life can bring.

We help UK families struggling with problems such as severe and long-term illness, bereavement, mental health issues, disability and domestic violence. Each family is referred to us by someone already working with them in a supporting role, such as a teacher or social worker.

Evidence shows that our work results in stronger, healthier and happier families and communities.

From the very early days of the charity in 1975, the support of the travel and tourism industry has played an important role in the charity’s activities. Over 40 years later we continue to develop new and innovative ways of engaging and working with our industry colleagues to help even more families to get a break.

In 2016, VisitScotland’s ScotSpirit campaign provided the springboard for a pioneering new collaboration between the charity, the national tourism organisation and partners across the Scottish tourism industry. As a direct result more than 250 struggling families experienced life-changing short breaks or days out creating memories that will last a lifetime. We are delighted that the ScotSpirit initiative is being repeated in 2017. It builds on previous work with organisations such as Visit Kent, Visit York and provides an industry inclusive model that can replicated almost anywhere.

Increasing access to tourism has clear benefits to the industry, introducing new people to the joys of days out and time away from home, creating new destination ambassadors and of course, increasing spend.            

The Family Holiday Association is delighted to be supporting the Tourism Symposium 2017 and look forward to meeting many of you at the event.

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Scottish Enterprise - Partners
Scottish Enterprise is Scotland's main economic development agency and a non-departmental public body of the Scottish Government. It works with partners in the public and private sectors to identify and exploit the best opportunities to deliver a significant, lasting effect on the Scottish economy. Scottish Enterprise helps Scotland's ambitious tourism businesses to develop new ideas, innovate and grow, and offers a range of support to help tourism businesses make the most of opportunities in Scotland.

Tourism industry support includes the Destination Leaders Programme (DLP). Effective leadership is consistently identified as a key driver of growth for all business sectors, but tourism faces particular challenges, given the range, scale and mix of businesses that need to work together to deliver a great customer experience. Based on an internationally acclaimed initiative originating from Melbourne, Australia, and funded by Scottish Enterprise, working alongside the Scottish tourism industry and delivered by Edinburgh Napier University, the award-winning, innovative Destination Leaders Programme (DLP) is designed to address this issue, identify emerging tourism leaders and provide them with the skills, knowledge and networks that they need to become effective destination leaders.

The DLP provides a unique mix of academic learning, practical case studies, local, national and international site visits, as well as group project development and practice-based learning.  The first three programmes have been delivered to sixty tourism professionals, now an active DLP alumni network; from Edinburgh, Fife, Argyll and The Isles and Glasgow. The tourism leadership programme continues to impact significantly, with DLP group projects evolving into industry initiatives including Making Edinburgh China Ready and a collaborative, consumer-facing campaign conducted by destinations Glasgow and Edinburgh and transport partner Scotrail.

DLP 4 participants from Aberdeenshire and Tayside will graduate in May 2017. Applications for the 2017/2018 programme are now open for tourism professionals from Glasgow and Edinburgh.

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Abellio ScotRail is the national rail operator for Scotland. We deliver over 90 million passenger journeys each year, run over 2000 train services daily and connect our passengers with great experiences, unforgettable journeys and new adventures.

We’re delighted that the new ScotRail franchise is now being operated by Abellio. When this was announced by Transport Scotland they told the nation to expect a transformation in rail travel across the country – and that’s exactly what we promise to deliver.

£475 million is being invested in renewing or refurbishing the ScotRail fleet over the next 7 years. Customers will benefit from new faster, longer and greener trains from 2017/ 18, delivering thousands of extra seats, shorter journey times, improved accessibility, at-seat power points and better wifi.

We’ve put together a clear plan to make sure your journeys are fast, reliable and easy – not just when travelling on the train, but throughout your entire trip from door to door. In short, we have re-thought the ScotRail service to make sure it reflects the way you want to live. You’ve told us about travelling to work, on business, visiting friends and family and enjoying the great outdoors, so whatever journey you’re taking, we can make it better for you.

Take One Media
Take One Media (and EAE a trading name of Take One Media in Scotland) is the UK’s only nationwide tourism leaflet & information display company.  We offer consolidated marketing that delivers customers to heritage, arts and tourism businesses.

We’re part of Menzies Distribution and have over 35 years experience in the industry. We’re considered the benchmark within the tourism industry, we’ve got the largest network and the specialist people, skills, processes and ‘kit’ to get the job done efficiently and effectively.

Every year we work with 2,300 clients and service 29,000 outlets (10,400 fully merchandised displays). We promote tourism businesses through:

1. Leaflet display & distribution
UK network of 10,400 merchandised stands in high-footfall locations.

2. Branding & advertising
Stand headerboards, poster sites, digital media screens, ad-bikes, magazines and tourist map advertising.

3. On-demand leaflet ordering
TopUp and Mailbag are our services to get businesses in front of Tourist and Visitor Information Centres for them to order print.  And through SelectOne, smaller accommodation providers can order the print they need for their guests.

4. Direct marketing & bespoke runs
Highly targeted specialist campaign activity, hand to hand, databases and mailings.

5. Digital marketing
Trade and consumer websites, social media and email marketing.

We sit at the heart of the tourism industry, not only providing a service to visitor attractions but also to accommodation and hospitality, partnering with DMOs and groups – developing tourism as a whole, and to consumers for ideas, inspiration and information - ensuring they can pick up tourism information for now and in the future as well as for the local vicinity and destinations further afield.

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Edinburgh Napier University
First for tourism: teaching tourism in Scotland for more than 25 years. 
Edinburgh Napier University offers an unrivalled centre for tourism excellence at the heart of the world's festival city.  With industry-accredited courses ranked top in Scotland and top 10 in the UK, we offer unique programmes and research, developing tourism leaders of the future.

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The Cave
The Rowantree was originally called Lucky Middlesmass’s Tavern and is mentioned is poems by Robert Ferguson. It was the watering hole for the all the key figures in the Scottish Enlightenment, where they met as part of the Oyster Club, Rabbie Burns, David Hume, Adam smith, Deacon Brodie, with visits from James Watt and Benjamin Franklin. Steeped in history and fabulously cosy this is a great venue for more personal events.

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Courtyard Marriott Hotel - Tourism Society's HQ Hotel
Courtyard Edinburgh, from Marriott International, is a contemporary four star hotel in Edinburgh’s city centre located opposite John Lewis. The hotel marks the arrival of a new style of hotel in the capital, bringing the prestige of the Marriott name with an innovative mix of a café, bar, restaurant and work spaces. With 240 rooms, Courtyard Edinburgh is designed for both business travellers looking for a place where they can “switch off” as well as for leisure travellers. It has a bold and fun style that shines through its décor and innovative mix of vibrant social areas ideal for business or pleasure.

The hotel’s restaurant – The Lantern Room – has a separate entrance enabling local residents to make use of its facilities without having to enter the hotel. Guests can enjoy all-day dining choosing from a selection of locally-sourced dishes and an extensive drinks menu which can be served outside on the terrace. The hotel also offers a multi-functional meeting room with the latest technology and free WiFi.

In the heart of Edinburgh’s new shopping and entertainment hub at the east end of Prince’s Street, the hotel is close to Edinburgh’s Tram line and within easy reach of the stunning views from Calton Hill. This provides an ideal location for those from out of town, who can easily reach the centre and ongoing travel arrangements in a matter of minutes.

The hotel comprises a series of three adjoining Georgian townhouses, one of which was home to Robert Stevenson, the famous Scottish lighthouse engineer and the grandfather of ‘Treasure Island’ author Robert Louis Stevenson.

The hotel is owned and was developed by Edinburgh-based real estate company Chris Stewart Group, best known for its award-winning Advocate’s Close development in Edinburgh’s Old Town.

Visit Courtyard Marriot here

Darnley's Gin
Kingsbarns Distillery and Visitor Centre is situated in the beautiful East Neuk of Fife, just outside the village of Kingsbarns and close to the world famous Kingsbarns championship golf course.

The historic and charming East Newhall Farm steadings have been carefully restored and converted into a small distillery with an exhibition, tasting rooms, a shop and café.  

The distillery is owned by the Wemyss family who already have a whisky interest in Wemyss Malts, a boutique spirits company whose range comprises blended malts, single malt single cask bottlings and a blended Scotch.

Since early 2015 Kingsbarns has carefully been producing a light, fresh and elegant spirit that will be officially released as a Lowland single malt Scotch whisky in 2018.

Nestled behind the distillery is a derelict cottage that the Wemyss family are in the process of turning into a gin still house and visitor space for their award-winning Darnley’s Gin range. Currently distilled in London, the time felt right to bring production in house, more specifically, home to Fife, where the Wemyss family has lived and worked for centuries.

The new Darnley’s Distillery will be a welcoming brand home in Scotland and is due to open in July 2017, offering tours where visitors can hear more about the history of the brand, how they distil their Original, Spiced and Navy-Strength gins and of course, try the range for themselves.

The two distilleries are driven by an ongoing passion for making the highest quality spirits for people to enjoy. The family are very much looking forward to continue playing a key role in the Scottish spirits scene and contributing to Fife’s flourishing food and drink tourism.

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Print & Sign Centre
At Print & Sign Centres we are proud to provide a wide range of services from printing your marketing collateral, sign writing your vehicle to designing and printing your company workwear.

From the initial branding stage to creating signage, stationery, and providing marketing advice to you and your business, we can handle everything.

We can help you get your name out there, whether it’s launching & managing your social media campaigns, email marketing or building a fully responsive website, Print & Sign Centres will act as your marketing partner, all you need to do is Print & Sign it!

Give us a call or come and see us in one of our shops in Edinburgh, Fife, Glasgow or London.

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The Hub
The historic, category A listed building located on Castlehill forms an integral part of the architectural fabric of Edinburgh with the Hub’s spire the highest point in central Edinburgh.

It was constructed between 1842 and 1845, as the Victoria Hall, to house the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. Curiously the building was never consecrated as a Church. In 1929 the Church of Scotland ceased to use the building and it became a temporary home for a variety of congregations. It was named the Highland Tolbooth St John’s Church in 1956, before falling into disuse in the 1980s.

In 1999, the building was transformed into The Hub, the offices and a performance space for the Edinburgh International Festival. The building is a stunning combination of award winning contemporary design and classic Victorian architecture.

As well as accommodating various events during the International Festival each year, The Hub offers a truly unique and spectacular space for a variety of events, including conferences, banquets, weddings, educational workings and exhibitions.

Visit The Hub here