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#NYCTW 2018 Lord Thurso – on a mission to sell Scotland to the world

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The Chair of VisitScotland  brought his red Dress Sinclair kilt with him to New York.  As a Highlander John Thurso has a few to choose from, but this is 'one of his favourite kilts'.He...

Scottish cultural icons get a fashion makeover

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Arthur Conan Doyle, Flora MacDonald and William Wallace were given a new look by fashion students at Edinburgh College along with Edinburgh-based Stewart Christie & Co from Queen Street.Photographer Laura Meek captured the characters...

Edinburgh is one of Britain’s top destinations

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A leading tourism official has welcomed a new accolade for Scotland's capital.It was named as a runner-up in Britain's favourite city in an award scheme run by LandLove Magazine.Malcolm Roughead, VisitScotland chief executive, said:...

Seabird centre wins top award

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One of Scotland’s leading wildlife centres has swooped to land tourism’s highest accolade.The Scottish Seabird Centre, twice winner of BBC Countryfile’s Nature Reserve of the Year, has once again received a five-star grading from...

Arnold Clark partner up with VisitScotland to welcome visitors

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VisitScotland has appointed VIPS (VisitScotland Information Partners) who will assist them in spreading tourist information across the country. One of those is Europe’s largest independently owned, family-run car company, Arnold Clark which will be handing...

Edinburgh streets feature in VisitScotland’s new #scotspirit campaign

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VisitScotland has begun a new social media campaign today. It includes parkour athletes in Edinburgh and a scallop diver in Mull, bringing Scotland to the notice of those who might then be attracted to come...

Tourism information to be available through partners

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VisitScotland has announced the closure of some of its tourism information outlets such as the one at Edinburgh Airport, but it is taking a new approach to ways to keep in touch with visitors. Instead...

Accessibility Guides launched by national tourism bodies

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If you have access requirements then you are much less likely to go to new places. VisitScotland and VisitEngland are teaming up to put a stop to that, while helping businesses get into Accessible...

VisitScotland move off the streets to focus on digital

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Although VisitScotland have decided to concentrate their efforts on online activity rather than visitor centres, they will keep the Edinburgh Princes Street travel hub open.The high profile centre placed right in the city centre...

Edinburgh businesses feature on the Scottish Thistle Awards shortlist

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Edinburgh is well represented on the shortlist announced today for the Scottish Thistle Awards.These tourism awards recognise excellence and best practice in the hospitality and tourism industry, and this year is special as it...

Borders rail success story

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The Borders Railway shows no sign of losing momentum as it continues to capture the world’s attention.VisitScotland’s international marketing campaign to promote the rail link has reached almost 35 million people in the last...

Tourism boss makes pledge as Scotland remains must-visit destination

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VisitScotland Chief Executive, Malcolm Roughead, claims Scotland continues to be a must-visit destination in the global tourism market.He was responding to the release of the International Passenger Survey (IPS) tourism statistics by the UK...

Wheely good way of promoting Scotland

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Edinburgh Castle and Stirling Castle are hitting the road as some of Scotland’s top MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions) venues go on tour in the Midlands.Organised by VisitScotland Business Events, Scotland on Tour...

Visitors urged to travel on Borders Railway to experience unique riding festivals

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They are events steeped in history that uphold traditions dating back centuries and combine the unforgettable spectacle of horses and their riders with local celebrations and pageantry.And now, VisitScotland is encouraging visitors to travel...

VisitScotland makes Midlothian promotional film

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A new online film, aimed at promoting Midlothian to visitors across the globe, has been launched by the national tourism organisation in partnership with Midlothian Council and Midlothian Tourism Forum.Produced by VisitScotland, in collaboration...

Lothians blessed by top tourist attractions

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  Tourism businesses in Edinburgh and the Lothians are preparing for a busy tourism season and VisitScotland’s Regional Director, Manuela Calchini, looks ahead to a number of exciting new events as well as the celebration...

Scotland House now open in London

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The Scottish Government has announced that Scotland’s latest Innovation and Investment Hub has officially opened in London.More than 450 businesses have registered their interest in becoming members in the first few weeks.The office is...

Golf – poll to find best golf holes in Scotland

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It has long been a debate in clubhouses throughout the country but now VisitScotland has launched an online poll to find the nation’s most beloved golf holes from almost 600 courses across the country.The...

Virtual Reality Travel around Scotland

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Experience Scotland from your armchairPeople across the world can now instantly walk through the prehistoric village of Skara Brae in Orkney, soar high over Edinburgh Castle like a bird, journey into the depths of...

VisitScotland has it covered from all angles

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A new VisitScotland interactive adventure experience is putting visitors in a spin – by giving them a 360 degree view of some of Scotland’s best viewpoints including our very Arthur's Seat.State of the art...

Edinburgh recognised at the Scottish Thistle Awards

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Edinburgh and in particular Edinburgh on the 31st of December has been recognised in the Scottish Thistle Awards which were announced at Prestonfield last night.The night at the Scottish tourism industry's Oscars was a very...

Forth Bridge is Scotland’s greatest man-made wonder

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Research carried out by VisitScotland has decided that the 126 year old Forth Bridge is Scotland's wonder in the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design 2016.The bridge which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site...

Accessible tourism will be the topic of the day at forum

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The Paralympics in Rio have just drawn to a close with a massive haul of medals, and in a timely move a conference in Edinburgh will discuss the importance of accessible tourism later today.Representatives...

Lothian Buses invest in new tour fleet

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 Lothian Buses has made a major investment of £6.5m in a fleet of new buses for Edinburgh Bus Tours. The open deck buses have been specially designed so that the company can meet its...

Ambassadog George welcomed to Dundas Castle

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 VisitScotland's Ambassadog George was welcomed by golden retrievers Burn, Beech and Bark the resident dogs at Dundas Castle and who were happy to show George how to welcome the tourists.George is now setting off on...

VisitScotland launch new campaign to talk to the locals

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Six year olds Harrison Welsh and Lacey Heggie from Glasgow pose dressed as Harry Potter and Hermione Granger with an exclusive book sculpture of the Glenfinnan Viaduct or ‘Harry Potter Bridge’, specially commissioned by...

Edinburgh and Lothians warming up for the tourist season ahead

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Tourism businesses throughout Edinburgh and the Lothians are gearing up for a busy summer season ahead and VisitScotland’s Regional Partnerships Director, Manuela Calchini, is looking ahead to a number events which will take place...

Hinterland opens the Festival of Architecture

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The launch of Scotland’s Festival of Architecture 2016 opened last night to sell out audiences. NVA’s much anticipated Hinterland will subtly re-animate one of Scotland’s most iconic 20th century buildings with monochromatic light installations, projection and a specially commissioned...

Business tourism event comes to Edinburgh

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Business tourism is a growing area of the Scottish economy and now hundreds of people involved in the sector are coming to Edinburgh for the Business Tourism Scotland Conference 2015. This will be held at...

VisitScotland greet tourism delegates from Malawi

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A delegation of Malawi Government officials, including Director of Tourism, Patricia Liabuba, attended VisitScotland headquarters in Ocean Point in Leith, Edinburgh. The work of VisitScotland is set to inspire the Malawi tourism industry, as the national tourism body...
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