Friday, February 27, 2015
Dropping in on Dumfries
Leading event organisers from around the UK will pay a ‘flying’ visit to Dumfries and Galloway next week to sample the superb range of venues and facilities on offer in the region.
As part of a special familiarisation (fam) trip organised by VisitScotland and Conference Dumfries, representatives from Freebird Events, Cashel Travel, Rodger and Co, Hello Scotland, Kyles on Scotland and Dream Escape will get to grips with one of Europe’s longest zip wires, courtesy of Laggan Outdoor.
A number of other Dumfries and Galloway businesses are also offering tasters as part of the two-day trip, which takes place on 5 and 6 March and which is hoped will bring extra business to the region.
Day one will see the group enjoy refreshments at Easterbrook Hall, followed by a tour of The Crichton Church. They will then head to Laggan Outdoor, where they will take to the air on the 820-metre zip wire.
After working up an appetite on the zip wire and on the Segways at Laggan, the group will tuck into a meal at Marco Pierre White’s Wheeler’s of St James’s Restaurant at the Holiday Inn, where they will be joined by representatives from Annandale Distillery, who will tell them the amazing story of how the distillery has come back to life.
An overnight stay at the Cairndale Hotel & Leisure Club will be followed on day two by a visit to Premier Inn, Dumfries, which has recently undergone a refurbishment and has also added 22 new rooms. The buyers will then be given a tour of Drumlanrig Castle, followed by a Landover tour of the estate, before rounding off the fam trip with lunch at the Buccleuch and Queensberry Arms Hotel.
Caroline Lyons of VisitScotland’s Business Tourism team said: “Dumfries and Galloway has a huge amount to offer, not only in terms of its accommodation and business facilities, but also in terms of its scenery and its range of activities, which are key ingredients in attracting conferences and other business events to the region. Fam trips such as this are incredibly important as it gives leading event organisers the opportunity to see at first-hand exactly what the region has to offer.”
Suzanne Jackson, Chair of Conference Dumfries, said: “Conference Dumfries are delighted to be hosting our first familiarisation visit by selected agents and professional conference organisers. They will be experiencing our properties and venues first hand, enjoying dinner at Wheeler’s of St James’s, as well as riding a zip wire and going clay pigeon shooting to name but two of the planned activities.
“Conference Dumfries’ aim is to market Dumfries as a central point, geographically, and this is our opportunity to showcase Dumfries as a viable alternative to the Central Belt and the north of England’s towns and cities.
“By creating a single point of contact for conference, meeting or training bookers, this allows us to compete on a national level with other destinations. We are all very excited and looking forward to welcoming our guests next week.”