Guest Scotland Conference

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The inaugural Guest Scotland Conference took place at the Edinburgh international Climbing Arena on the 16th and 17th of November. The event focussed on all issues relating to Bed and Breakfasts, Guest House and Self Catering businesses within Scotland. It was opened by the Scottish Culture and Tourism Minister, Fiona Hyslop, who’s opening statement included a brief of the Scottish government’s commitment to improving broadband throughout the country. Rather apt considering our own member Louise Nicoll’s piece in December’s newsletter. She also officially launched the Scottish Bed and Breakfast Association., which is affiliated to the UK B&B association.

Attendees were treated to talks from several speakers. Iain Stewart, of Freetobook, spoke of group booking websites within their ‘together’ program,  The Chief Executive of the Scottish Tourism Alliance, Marc Crothall, spoke of their work, highlighted potential growth areas in the tourism market and the 2020 national tourism strategy.

Bed and breakfast owners, Carol and Gordon Bulloch of the Dulaig gave an insightful presentation on how they built their business from scratch into an award winning five star B&B.

Trade organisations were also represented on stalls which offered them a good opportunity to introduce any new products to the attendees.

A date of the 1st and 2nd of November 2017 has already been set for next year’s event which will hope to increase it’s appeal by opening it’s doors to involve garden centres, coffee shops, farm shops and Inns.

The event was attended by Stuart Clark of Balmuirfield House B&B and Wendy Stewart of the Hermitage B&B in Montrose .