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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Scotland is the business in St Andrews

They came from around the UK and Ireland and as far away as Germany, Spain, France, Austria, Switzerland, the United States, Canada and Russia to experience the best of Scotland at VisitScotland’s annual Scotland Means Business, which was held at the luxury Fairmont St Andrews Hotel, 12th-13th April 2011.


From networking and golf, to haggis and highland dancing, 40 international and UK meeting and event organisers enjoyed two days of seeing what Scotland does best.  With trade press as well as 38 Scottish venues and service providers in attendance, delegates were showcased what Scotland can offer in terms of conference and meeting facilities, unique venues and incentive activities. 


The sun was shining as the event kicked off with lunch and an introduction by the Chairman of VisitScotland, Dr Mike Cantlay.   This was followed by an intense afternoon of speed networking and a chance for guests to enjoy the spectacular views across St Andrews Bay.

In the evening, a special drinks reception was held at the Museum of the University of St Andrews (MUSA), which opened in October 2008 and is part of Scotland’s oldest university.  The collection houses some real treasures from amongst the University’s collection of over 112,000 artefacts.


A superb gala dinner was held at the famous Old Course Hotel in St Andrews, where many guests tried haggis for the first time, followed by an evening of entertainment including a ceilidh band and local dancers and performers to add further Scottish flavour to the event.


A morning of team-building and incentive activities in picturesque surroundings began on the second day at nearby Kinkell Byre.  Activities included golf, tossing the caber, falconry and off-road driving, along with an opportunity to ‘make your own’ oatcakes with premium caterer, Heritage Portfolio. Lunch was served in one of the converted farm’s function rooms before the event drew to a close.


For details of the many great hotels and venues in Scotland please visit


Partners in attendance at Scotland Means Business April 2011

Abbey Tours Scotland
Aberdeen Convention Bureau
Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre
Ackergill Tower
Aldourie Castle Ltd
Andrew Burnet & Company Ltd
Barcelo Troon Marine Hotel
BlueSky Experiences Ltd
Cameron House on Loch Lomond
Edinburgh Edge/EICA
Edinburgh International Conference Centre
Exclusively Scotland
Fairmont St Andrews
Glasgow City Marketing Bureau
Glasgow Science Centre
Great Scotland
Hello Scotland
Heritage Portfolio
Hilton Hotel Group
Historic Scotland
Hotel du Vin & Malmaison Scotland
Hotel Missoni
Murrayfield Experience
National Museums Scotland
Prestige Scotland
Radisson Blu Edinburgh
Sheraton Grand Hotel and Spa
The Balmoral
The Gleneagles Hotel
The Old Course Hotel Golf Resort & Spa
The Royal Yacht Britannia
The Town House Collection
Turnberry, A Luxury Collection Resort, Scotland
Wilderness Scotland
Winton House

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