Pioneering, Dynamic & Progressive… Scotland is Now

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Pioneering, Dynamic & Progressive… Scotland is Now

The new 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.

Launched simultaneously  in North America, London and China, ‘Scotland is Now’ is designed to put the country firmly at the top of everyone’s list of places to live, work, study, invest and visit. Attracting more migrant talent, international students, expanding overseas businesses and high-spend tourists will grow Scotland’s economy and further cement its reputation as an open, diverse and welcoming country.

The campaign sees the Scottish Government, VisitScotland, Scottish Development International and Universities Scotland join forces for the first time to promote Scotland under a single unified national brand, bringing together combined spending of up to £6 million to promote Scotland globally.

‘Scotland is Now’ builds on the nation’s acknowledged strengths as a land of unrivalled history, breath-taking scenery and warm welcomes, but shines a light on lesser-known qualities: a pioneering, dynamic and progressive nation taking the lead on key global challenges.

The campaign brings together public sector partners with key business interests and will be a vehicle to support export growth in the private sector.

Marc Crothall, Chief Executive, Scottish Tourism Alliance said:

“The launch of ‘Scotland Is Now’ marks the beginning of a hugely exciting time for Scotland’s tourism industry and indeed all sectors across Scotland.  Tourism has been acknowledged as being one of Scotland’s most important industries; it touches every business and sector and fuels all parts of our economy.  I would encourage all tourism businesses to get on board, raise your business profile within the visitor market and help to make Scotland the number one global destination to visit.”

Stuart Garrett, Managing Director, NorthLink Ferries said:

“We are delighted to be both serving the Northern Isles and supporting the #Scotland is Now campaign.. Orkney and Shetland are widely recognised as being amongst the best places to live and work in Scotland, it positions us in an ideal role to highlight the real dynamism of both Island groups and the cutting edge innovation as amplified by the Scalloway Maritime NAFC facility in Shetland and the International Centre for Island Technology delivering MSc Marine Sustainability programmes in Stromness.

“So from award winning agriculture and seafood produce, to internationally acclaimed whisky, gin, ale and cheeses these islands epitomise quality and a welcome second to none.

Whether fishing or fauna, science, sporting or cultural, with a wonderful array of Festivals throughout the year the Northern Isles capture the very essence of #Scotlandisnow.”

Background – This year, for the first time, the Scottish Government, VisitScotland,  Scottish Development International and Universities Scotland are combining all or part of their existing international marketing spend (£6 million) to deliver ‘Scotland is Now’.

The campaign includes online, cinema and press advertising and the development of  

Bright, diverse & innovative..

This year’s VisitScotland Expo had it all!

Scotland’s annual premier business to business travel trade event held, this year, in Glasgow was all it promised to be…welcoming, buzzing and relevant.

This unmissable trade event offered an excellent range of tourist boards, attractions, accommodation providers and events all offering inspiration and vital, expert advice to group bookers.

Chief Executive, Visit Scotland,  Malcolm Roughead OBE spoke to Karen Wright at the event..

He explained that this year’s theme The Year of Young People has started of phenomenonly well with everyone talking about it.   It’s all about experiences, inspiration and motivation offering the opportunity for young people to shine, thinking broader and how you bring together different mindsets.

He went on to say that it’s important to create richness and colour around the content of tours, authenticity is important and to have a plan which builds momentum over years.

Asked what he would include in our quarterly spotlights he said there’s so much “thematically there’s lots to look at” but start with the Great Houses of the Borders covering 9 magnificent houses within 50 miles of each other, including Abbotsford, each offering it’s own story. The whole borders network offers so much without travelling too far into Scotland.

Other great themes are film, music and literature – visit Moat Brae where JM Barrie dreamt up the magical story of Peter Pan.

He also suggested taking in the lesser known festivals, community run, where the locals throw open their doors to visitors. Such as the Wigtown Book Festival and Pittenween Arts Festival.

Is there a hidden gem that he could suggest to visitors? His answer simply, well, it would not be hidden if I told you that! The important point is that one trip is not enough and the best people to ask are the locals, they are the ambassadors and know best cafes, arts and craft centre and so on.

And the future of coach travel in Scotland? “There will always be demand but we need to move with the times,  be relevant and take comfort from a longer term plan”.

Expo Award-Winners

Glengoyne Distillery

Best Dressed Schell Scheme at VisitScotland Expo

Described as Scotland’s Most Beautiful Distillery, Glengoyne is open all year for guided distillery tours, whisky tastings, private dining and its whisky shop.

Sweeney’s Cruise Company Loch Lomond

Best Dressed of Scotland’s oldest family businesses operating cruises on the beautiful Loch since the 1880s.

Best First Time Exhibitor was Inverness Custom Tours.

Scotland Expo

Malcolm and Fiona Hyslop, Tourism Secretary, at Expo

Malcolm Roughead, Chief Executive of VisitScotland, said: “Without doubt, VisitScotland Expo 2018 was one of the best since the event began life as Scotland’s Travel Trade Fair back in 1980. The event had a great vibe and it was a unique opportunity for Scottish tourism businesses to meet face-to-face with hundreds of tour operators from all over the world – all under one roof.


“This is a perfect example of how Scotland is a country that is creating new opportunities, supporting new industry, inviting new investment, challenging new thinking and driving technology.

“We had our highest number of exhibitors since 1998 and around 80 of those were new to VisitScotland Expo this year. I would like to congratulate everyone involved in making this year’s event such a success and I look forward to welcoming buyers and exhibitors to VisitScotland Expo 2019.”

See our next Coach Tours UK Scotland quarterly update in August issue


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