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Monday, October 13, 2014

Scotland set to steal the show in Las Vegas

VisitScotland will this week lead a delegation of 15 Scottish partners at one of the biggest MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions) events in the world.


The national tourism organisation’s Business Tourism team will host a stand at IMEX America in Las Vegas, and will be joined by representatives of some of the country’s biggest hotels and venues, as well as Glasgow City Marketing Bureau and Marketing Edinburgh.


Among the Scottish partners at IMEX are Gleneagles, scene of Europe’s recent Ryder Cup victory over the United States, the Old Course Hotel Golf Resort & Spa in St Andrews, Cameron House on Loch Lomond, Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre, Edinburgh International Conference Centre and the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre in Glasgow.


Around 20,000 people are expected to attend the three-day event, which takes place from tomorrow (Tuesday 14 October) until Thursday at the Sands Expo & Convention Centre. 


Giving Scottish businesses the opportunity to hold important face-to-face meetings with influential event organisers from North America, last year’s IMEX America activity generated around £13 million worth of enquiries for Scotland.


VisitScotland will also co-host an evening event with London & Partners, complete with Scottish music, giving partners a further chance to generate business. 


Scotland will provide focus on its very strong sustainable and green credentials during Imex as it is becoming more and more important to demonstrate to the industry. The meetings industry is also very important to the sustainability of Scotland's tourism market as it supports the shoulder seasons either side of the busy summer tourist months.


Neil Brownlee, Head of Business Tourism at VisitScotland, said: “America is a hugely important market for business tourism in Scotland and IMEX gives our partners an invaluable opportunity to meet event organisers face to face. Collectively over the course of the three days, they will fulfil hundreds of appointments, while VisitScotland’s Business Tourism team will be showcasing the many world-class venues and hotels we have in Scotland. This year, there will also be a strong focus on Scotland’s sustainable and green credentials.”