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Highland businesses fly the flag at VisitScotland expo at SEC in Glasgow

By Calum MacLeod

Highland Lassie
Highland Lassie

A BOAT hotel, a restaurant offering a whisky treasure hunt and a gin school are among the Highland businesses exhibiting at VisitScotland Expo for the first time.

Highland Lassie Island Cruises, which offers “bed on board” from summer 2019 and cruises in 2020, Mac & Wild at Falls of Shin and family-run Pixel Spirits Distillery and Gin School will make their debut at the travel trade event next week along with GlenWyvis Distillery, Hebridean Whisky Trail, Inverness Taxis and the Loch Ness 360° walking trail.

They will join returning exhibitors including loch Ness by Jacobite, Highland Folk Museum, Ardnagairn Estate, Dunvegan Castle and Gardens and PDG Helicopters.

The event at the SEC in Glasgow today and Thursday will host the highest number of exhibitors in its history with more than 330 businesses attending the show.

Last year saw more than 300 companies showcased to more than 570 buyers from around the world.

Chris Taylor, VisitScotland regional leadership director, said: “This brilliant annual event really is a key opportunity to firmly place the Highlands on the travel trade’s radar.

“Tourism is more than a holiday experience, it is the heartbeat of the Scottish economy and touches every community, generating income, jobs and social change. We need to encourage the industry to provide world-class service, facilities, events and attractions to keep up with ever-changing consumer demands and ensure visitors continue to have memorable experiences.”

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