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Return to live performances for Lammermuir Festival

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The Lammermuir Festival makes a return in 2021 to live performance with 14 days of 37 concerts at eight venues across East Lothian. The festival opens with four wonderful song recitals presented in partnership...

Young Scottish Golf trio tee it up alongside Sweden’s Henrik Stenson

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Three young Scottish golfers have experienced the thrill of a lifetime by playing a round with former Open champion Henrik Stenson during the 2021 abrdn Scottish Open pro-am.14-year-old Grace Crawford, 17-year-old Ruben Lindsay and...

Over 320,000 ‘tune in’ to Janey Godley’s Big Burns Supper online

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Big Burns Supper attracted a digital audience of 327,000 with viewers tuning in from Scotland and 50 countries across the world to its first-ever fully digital show which aired last night. Scotland’s largest contemporary...

Bovine beauties become social media influencers

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Aspiring social media influencers in the shape of Highland cattle in Dumfries & Galloway and Edinburgh are in a new VisitScotland video wishing future international visitors a ‘happy coo year’.The video was promoted on...

2021 Big Burns Supper goes digital with Janey Godley

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Scotland’s largest contemporary Burns celebration joins forces with Scotland’s much loved comic hero of 2020, Janey Godley, as Big Burns Supper goes digital for 2021. Marking the festival’s 10th anniversary, Janey Godley’s Big Burns...

Tourism chiefs hail virtual pilot to boost visitor numbers

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An inaugural virtual event pilot run by VisitScotland to link Scottish tourism businesses with global tour operators and travel agents has been hailed a success by those who took part.Scotland Reconnect 2020 saw a...

International events return to Scotland

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Scotland will celebrate the return of international events in the coming two weeks with the staging of the Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open and the AIG Women’s Open, underlining the country’s commitment to...

#OnlyInScotland – £3 million marketing campaign to encourage Scottish tourism

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VisitScotland has begun a £3 million marketing campaign to lure visitors to travel in and around Scotland.The marketing body is running a 10 week campaign with TV, radio and online advertising to remind...

VisitScotland chief and Work Minister face-to-face with Chamber

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Midlothian and East Lothian Chamber host two key virtual network events before the end of July. On Wednesday 22nd from 10am to 11am a Business E-Clinic called Tourism Response and Recovery has Malcolm Roughead, CEO...

A window on Scotland

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Tourism body, VisitScotland, has been sharing hundreds of views of attractions during their social media campaign #AWindowonScotland.They asked for images of the places in Scotland which will be out there waiting when lockdown regulations...

Event sector suffering ‘significant’ challenges due to COVID-19

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Paul Bush, a leading Scottish event organiser, has revealed that the Covid-19 pandemic is placing significant challenges on the industry. Around 130 events, including the Edinburgh Festival, Tattoo and Fringe, have been cancelled.Bush said that...

Edinburgh winners at the VisitScotland Scottish Thistle Awards

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Last night at a glittering ceremony at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre, five Edinburgh businesses were recognised at the final of the Scottish Thistle Awards.These are the highest award in the Scottish hospitality...

Falkirk and West Lothian in focus

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A campaign will use locations used on the big and small screen to showcase Falkirk and West Lothian as a visitor destination with the help of VisitScotland. Film on Forth, a collaboration between Visit Falkirk...

VisitScotland launch new tourism film

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Tourism destinations outside the capital such as Falkirk and West Lothian will feature in the new campaign launched by VisitScotland.Film on Forth is a collaboration between Visit Falkirk and Visit West Lothian and...

Fife in foreground backed by VisitScotland cash

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A new campaign to bring more visitors to Dunfermline and West Fife showcases the town and area’s history and heritage. VisitScotland are backing the campaign which will include e-books, itineraries and work with influencers.The iconic...

Three Capital businesses aiming to make Euro connections

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Three Edinburgh businesses are taking part in a pan-European travel trade mission later this month. Crerar Hotels, Holyrood Distillery and Mercat Tours are involved in the the Scotland workshop, organised by VisitScotland, which brings together...

Museum gets 5 stars from VisitScotland

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Linlithgow Museum recently got a five star Quality Assurance Award from VisitScotland.The museum which reopened earlier this year after refurbishment has three galleries and a community space. It tells the stories of Mary Queen...

More visits clocked up on VisitScotland’s Ghost Trail

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VisitScotland is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and is able to report that many more people are visiting locations on its Ghost Trail including Edinburgh Castle and Greyfriars Kirk.In 1999 there were 2.2...

EICA:Ratho Looking Forward to Welcoming Europe’s Top Climbers

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In just over a week, the Edinburgh International Climbing Arena (EICA):Ratho will once again take centre stage as it welcomes some of the world’s leading sport climbing athletes for the IFSC European Climbing Championships...

ScotRail get VisitScotland accreditation

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ScotRail staff have been coached by a customer services' company to improve the service they give to touristsWorldHost trained 118 hospitality stewards in ways to make a good first impression and 'go the extra...

VisitScotland information centre opened on the HIgh Street

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Around 35,000 visitors have passed through the doors of the new Edinburgh visitor information centre since it moved to the Royal Mile last month, VisitScotland can reveal.Tourism Secretary Fiona Hyslop officially opened the new...

VisitScotland highlight accessible tourism

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VisitScotland invited two European accessible tour operators to come to Scotland to see for themselves what we can offer. There is a growth in demand for accessible travel and the European delegates found out...

Introducing the Year of Coasts and Waters #YCW2020

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Next year 2020 will be awash with events to entertain you. It will be the Year of Coasts and Waters and it was launched today at the VisitScotland Expo.Clydebuilt Festival will be bigger...

The Real Mary King’s Close – award winners!

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The Real Mary King's Close celebrated a momentous win, taking home the title of Best Heritage Tourism Experience in Scotland at the VisitScotland 2019 Thistle Awards last night.The five-star historic visitor attraction was honoured...

Scottish Thistle Awards 2018/2019

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Last night at a glittering event in the Edinburgh International Conference Centre hundreds of people involved in tourism businesses all over Scotland gathered.VisitScotland organise the tourist trade's awards ceremony to celebrate the best...

Two Edinburgh attractions head the visitor list

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The Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions (ASVA) has announced that visits to its member sites rose slightly in 2018, the fifth year running that an increase in numbers has been recorded. ASVA, which represents the...

VisitScotland Taste our Best award for Bay Hotel

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 The Bay Hotel at Kinghorn is celebrating being awarded a prestigious Taste Our Best Award for the quality of its food served in the Horizons restaurant, and throughout the business. Taste Our Best is Visit...

VisitScotland Thistle Awards include Edinburgh winners

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VisitScotland awarded Scottish Thistle Awards to many tourism businesses in the Edinburgh area.This is the foremost tourism awards in the country recognising success, innovation, excellence and best practice.As well as businesses people are also...

Leading tourism business awarded ‘exceptional’ five star rating

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Edinburgh’s award-winning storytellers Mercat Tours were awarded an exceptional 91% Quality Assurance 5* Tour award from VisitScotland for the 11th year running.The family business revealed the news as they celebrated their 33rd birthday with free tours of...

Five-star award for Capital B&B

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Edinburgh's Barony House has received a five-star Guest House Quality Assurance award from the national tourism organisation in recognition of its exceptional standards.The Newington-based B&B previously held a Four-Star Gold status and Barony House...

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