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Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Scotland Means Business November 2010

Our Autumn Scotland Means Business event took place on 3rd and 4th November 2010 at Turnberry, a Luxury Collection Resort in beautiful Ayrshire.


Arriving fresh from one of our six familiarisation trips providing a taste of some of the excellent properties that Scotland has to offer, international buyers and press were welcomed in style from France, Germany, Spain, the United States, Canada, Russia, the UK and Ireland. The event kicked off with a welcome lunch for all buyers as well as our Scottish suppliers representing some of the best properties and service providers the country has to offer the meetings and incentives market.


Lunch was followed by an intense afternoon of networking, with over 400 face to face appointments taking place between buyers and suppliers.  The workshop was the perfect opportunity for meeting and event organisers to establish important Scottish contacts and discover more about the unique and diverse offering for meetings, events, incentive travel and corporate hospitality. 


The atmospheric Brig O' Doon House Hotel was our spectacular venue for our renowned gala dinner, with a Scottish-themed dinner served in the impressive ballroom.  The thoroughly enjoyable and lively entertainment for the evening was provided by Caledon, Scotland's tenors, as well as a mini ceilidh led by the Reel Time Ceildh Band to get guests in to the swing of all things Scottish.  Roddy Deans was our very own piper for the duration of the evening.


Our activity day on the 4th of November was organised by Maximillion which gave participants extra possibilities to network with each other in a less informal environment.  Highlights included 'Quack Commandos' with participants getting in to the spirit of our team building activities by herding ducks around an obstacle course with the help of a superbly trained sheep dog, and of course a trip to Scotland wouldn't be the same without the chance to have a go at playing the bagpipes.




To see a selection of photos from Scotland Means Business click here




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For general information on Scotland Means Business, please contact Claire-Jayne Fordyce or call the Business Tourism Unit on 0131 472 2355.