STW Around Scotland


If you are looking to host a tourism week event for the industry in your area or for your sector and would like it featured on this page please email the details to

16 March - People Make Heritage Workshop

People Make Heritage Workshop

Aimed at any person working within the heritage tourism sector, this workshop will give insight into what’s next for the industry. This is the first event brought to you by the Heritage Tourism Group and it will be a great opportunity to catch up with industry colleagues and hear updates on the heritage tourism sector in Scotland.

The workshop will feature insights on increasing visitor engagement at heritage properties and film tourism and we will discuss the future of the heritage tourism industry whilst providing practical tips for you.

Location: Glasgow Caledonian University

More Information and booking:

Contact details:

Victoria Harvey,

16 March - Scottish Rural Awards

Location: Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh

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Contact Details

0131 551 1000

17 March - DigiCon (East Lothian Council Virtual Conference)

East Lothian Council is holding its first ever ‘virtual’ conference.  Throughout the day on Friday 17th March we will be broadcasting and posting live and recorded interviews with top tourism professionals using Facebook.  ‘Delegates’ will be invited to like and follow a Facebook page and to join the ‘conference’ to listen to the interviews.  At the end of the day there will a live Q&A session on Facebook live.

Marc Crothall, Chief Executive of the STA will deliver the keynote broadcast.

Full programme timings and participants together with details of the Facebook page will be available soon.


Contact Details

Elaine Carmichael and Claire Sutton

01620 827282

17 March - Orkney Annual Tourism Conference

More info coming soon

Contact details 

Kerry Wilson, Orkney Tourism Group

18 March - Isle of Skye Destination Conference

The Aros event will mark the launch of ‘Skye Connect’ the new Destination Management Organisation for the Isle of Skye and feature presentations in the Aros theatre, a trade show, lunch and closing statements. Maximum number of delegates 150

Location: Aros Centre, Portree, Isle of Skye, IV51 9EU (11am- 2.30pm)

More information and booking: 

Contact Details

Rob Ware (Skye Connect)

01471 855350

20 March- Fife Tourism Partnership Seminar

Location: North Queensferry area (9am- 12pm)  Carnegie Conference Centre, Halbeath Road, Dunfermline KY11 8DY


Fife Tourism Partnership will be hosting a Tourism Summit, inviting businesses and individuals involved in the industry in Fife to hear informative presentations from Local Tourist Associations and themed groups including Accessible Fife, Outlander and CruiseForth as well as an opportunity to ask questions.

We will also be joined by Fiona Hutchison of Interface Online, who can help businesses with the creation and development of new products, services and processes by connecting them to the right academic expertise within Scotland.


This event is FREE and places are limited. You must email by 17th March to attend.

Contact details 

John Murray (Tourism Officer, Fife Council)

03451 55 55 55 ext. 445838

20 March - Lochaber Chamber of Commerce Tourism Business Lunch Event

More information coming soon

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Lesley Benfield

20 March - Venture North Byte Destination Conference

More info coming soon

Location: Mackay’s Hotel Wick (10am- 4pm)

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Kimberley Loomes

21 March - Argyll & Isles Tourism Conference

The Sixth Argyll & The Isles Annual Tourism Summit will take place in the village of Lochawe on Tuesday 21st March.

Following the launch of our exciting Wild About Argyll campaign in Glasgow at the end of January, the theme of this year's summit is City / Coast Connections. Mark Beaumont will drop in to join us during a training ride in the area - and we will be welcoming Tom Rice and businesses from Glasgow City Marketing Bureau keen to explore future collaborations. Over the course of the day we will have workshops and presentation exploring the exciting opportunities to take advantage of the Wild About Argyll campaign and the growing relationship between the City of Glasgow and Scotland's Adventure Coast.

The venue has been chosen in the Year of History Heritage and Archaeology as a key location on the historic West Highland Line and one which owes its existence to tourism. Our venue will be split between the extraordinary St Conan's Kirk and the Loch Awe Hotel overlooking Kilchurn Castle on the banks of Loch Awe. The Hotel, owned and operated by Lochs & Glens, is a magnificent landmark in the area which commemorates the arrival of the West Highland railway to the west coast in the late 19th century. Famous visitors to the Loch Awe Hotel include Kirk Douglas who starred in the film “To Catch Me a Spy”, part of which was filmed at the Hotel and nearby Loch Etive.

With the strong focus on travel, and the location on the historic West Highland Line, this year's summit is being generously sponsored by Scotrail. We are delighted that VisitScotland are also contributing towards the lunch - which will be provided by Food from Argyll.

The exact times will be confirmed soon but will be tied into the train service from Glasgow to Oban which leaves the Glasgow Queen Street at 0821 arriving in Lochawe at 1047 and later departs at 1521 arriving back in the city for 1748. On-line train sessions will be part of the mix for participants travelling on the train. Early activities will be available for those travelling by train from Oban arriving at 0935. Our full programme with speakers will be issued soon.

The two venues have limited space so this year we are capping our numbers at 120 - so urge everyone to book early to avoid disappointment.

Location: St Conan's Kirk and the Loch Awe Hotel, Lochawe

Contact details
Carron Tobin


21 March - Dundee & Angus Tourism Conference

Location: Carnoustie Golf Hotel and Spa

More information and booking:

Contact Details 

Millie Clarke

01307 473262

21 March - Visit Aberdeenshire Tourism Conference

Tourism is a key sector of the North-east economy that supports 20,000 jobs in the region - around one in 10 of Scottish tourism jobs.

The vision for 2020 and beyond is to make Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire a sustainable destination of choice, with skilled and passionate people delivering value for money and memorable customer experiences, by enhancing our region’s outstanding assets.

This full-day conference, held by the region’s new destination management organisation VisitAberdeenshire, looks at how tourism businesses can make the most of the support on offer, as well as giving a relaxed environment in which to exchange ideas and network with like-minded people.

The day will comprise of a variety of different presentations, where delegates hear from expert speakers who can help their business, with the opportunity to ask questions as well as dedicated networking breaks.

Learning from others is a key part of this conference. The afternoon’s interactive session is specifically designed to set you up with the opportunity to discuss in groups how you can maximise return for your business from large scale events taking place in the region, and how partnership working can further support this.

VisitAberdeenshire and Meldrum House are committed to keeping it local and delegates will be treated to a day of delicious treats including a breakfast bite, a fabulous lunch feast and a light afternoon snack, all from some of the region’s finest local producers.

Following the formalities, delegates will get the chance to meet with some of our speakers in one-to-one micro meetings. These will be available to be booked on a first come, first served basis, with confirmation of who will be available to meet available in due course. 

Location: Meldrum House, Aberdeenshire, 9.15am - 4.30pm 

Contact Details

David Wright

01224 343902

21 March - Visit Falkirk Networking Evening, Polmont

Location: Macdonald Inchyra Hotel & Spa, Grange Rd, Polmont, Falkirk FK2 0YB (6pm - 8pm)

More info coming soon

Contact details 

Andrea Bradley-Priest, Falkirk Council

22 March - Perthshire Talks Tourism

Perthshire Talks Tourism, part of Scottish Tourism Week 2017 is brought to you by Perthshire Tourism Partnership.

The event is an opportunity to hear about new visitor attractions, events and tourism initiatives taking place in the City of Perth and Perthshire in 2017. 

2017 Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology will see the opening of two new visitor attractions which have played an important part our region’s heritage, new heritage-based adventure experiences and developments of new routes across the region. 

Open to all tourism businesses this is an opportunity to learn, share and network. 

Click here to view the programme. 

Location: Birnam Arts and Conference Centre, Station Road, Dunkeld

More information and booking:

Contact Details

Suzanne Cumiskey, Perthshire Tourism Partnership

01738 475731

22 March - Wild Scotland Annual Conference

The Wild Scotland conference is the only industry event specifically for the nature-based/adventure tourism sector and is therefore a unique opportunity for the industry, not just Wild Scotland members, to come together, network and discuss current issues.

This year they will be continuing our focus on the future for the industry. What are the challenges and how as an industry support and strengthen the product on offer. Come along and join the debate.

Location: Macdonald Aviemore Hotel

More information and booking:

Contact details 

Gillian Brymer 

01786 459233

23 March - Marine Tourism Conference

On 23rd March 2017 Sail Scotland will be hosting Scotland's Marine Tourism Conference at The Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock.

Part of the national Scottish Tourism Week Programme and proudly sponsored by Inverclyde Council, Caledonian MacBrayne and Scottish Development International, the conference will share best practice and encourage strategic collaboration within sailing and marine tourism in Scotland, directly supporting the Scottish Marine Tourism Strategy – Awakening the Giant. It is the only full day industry event specifically for the marine tourism sector and is a unique opportunity for the industry, not just Sail Scotland members, to come together, learn, and network with others.

Who’s it for? Everyone with an interest in the marine tourism sector; whether it’s the delivery, marketing or development, everyone is welcome.

This year we will be focusing on digital marketing and maximising your message online. What are the challenges? What do you need to think about? And how can you strengthen your own marketing and digital tools? Come along, join the debate, and hear from our line up of expert speakers supported by Digital Tourism Scotland and Google Digital Garage.

Location: The Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock

More information and booking:

Contact Details

Daniel Steel

23 March - Visit West Lothian Networking Event

We are delighted to be hosting our next Networking Event as part of Scottish Tourism Week! This event offers the ideal opportunity to network with other tourism businesses within West Lothian. 

Our agenda includes:

Five Sisters Zoo - Where did it all go Right’ - now West Lothian's most popular paid attraction, we will hear how the Zoo has seen a rapid growth in their business and visitor numbers.

- Fiona Hutchison, Interface - hear more about this free service for businesses to improve their products and processes by matching them with the right Scottish universities and research institutions.

As always, all attendees will get a chance to do a 1 minute update on any news relating to their own business and please do remember to bring along your leaflets for a swap!

A delicious buffet lunch will be included.

We hope to see you all there as it is a fantastic networking opportunity for West Lothian tourism businesses!

Location: Mercure Livingston Hotel 10.30am - 1.30pm

More information and booking:

Contact details:

Anna Young

23 March - Scottish Borders Destination Conference

Collaboration & Connectivity:  Moving the Scottish Borders Forward

Over the past few years there has been substantial growth in tourism opportunities within the Scottish Borders; the Borders Railway, business and marketing investments and the evolution of many visitor attractions and businesses to name a few. The SBTP believes that the excitement and enthusiasm within this groundswell of industry growth has huge potential and how we collectively harness this will be a key focus for our next Conference.

Mirroring the key areas of the National Tourism Strategy, the Conference will look at how collaboration amongst any business that has a stake in tourism is fundamental to the future growth of the region’s tourism industry.  Furthermore, as our infrastructure and industry evolves, we must consider how we better connect with guests, from offering them a world-class experience through to how we find them and talk to them via new digital and social channels.

The day will provide food for thought for how as local tourism businesses we can effectively embrace the themes of collaboration and connectivity as well as looking at the 2017 Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology.

Location: The Tower Mill Hawick

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23 March - Visit Inverness Loch Ness Event

The “Great” Inverness Loch Ness Tea Party

Visit Inverness Loch Ness warmly invite you along to the Inverness College UHI campus to celebrate the future of the local tourism industry in collaboration with students of the Hospitality Department.

Our guest speakers for the event are:

Helen Vass: Winner of BBC2 Bake Off Creme de la Creme. Owner of Dulce by Helen Vass pop up dessert restaurants and Pastry Chef at Number 16 Glasgow.

Helen will work with the students on the morning of the event.

Kirsten Gilmore: Owner of the award winning and Mountain café in Aviemore. Kirsten will share the story of her business and how she has developed and grown into being one of the most popular informal eating spots in the local area.

Also Shirley Spear of The Three Chimneys, Isle of Skye, will speak on "the challenges for business in 2017 and beyond".

Also at the event we will launch the 2017 Highland Tourism Awards.

Location: Inverness College UHI (1.30pm for 2.00pm – 4.00pm)

More information and booking: Booking will be through Event Brite for VisitInvernessLochNess members only. Due to the limited number of places available, at this stage attendance is restricted to one person per business.

Contact Details

Graeme Ambrose

(Invite only) 16th March - Destinations Conference

Crowne Plaza Glasgow | 9.30-13.30 

Destinations, towns and cities are identified one of five key assets of Scottish tourism in the national tourism strategy, Tourism Scotland 2020. There are over 30 destination organisations in Scotland, all of whom are working hard to strengthen and grow the sector and the visitor experience in their areas, through the implementation of their own destination plans, linked to the national strategy.

This event is aimed specifically at destination leaders, such officers, Board or committee members of destination groups, destination managers in public agencies and Local Authorities and others who are active in supporting their destination activities. The event provides an opportunity for these professionals to come together to share ideas and best practice around destination development and marketing in Scotland.

If you are interested in attending, please contact Caroline Warburton, National Tourism Strategy Coordinator ( for further details.

This event is kindly sponsored by Calmac