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Tuesday, March 12, 2013 from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM (GMT)

Accessible Tourism Conference

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From January - June 2009, domestic trips to Scotland by visitors with access needs brought £121 million into the Scottish economy in just six months. This rose to £325m for the 11 month period 2009/10.  

These figures demonstrate that the accessible market is a growing and lucrative one. In order to take advantage of this, VisitScotland is encouraging businesses to adopt a few simple measures.

With Scotland taking centre stage in 2014, it's important that we provide a warm welcome to all of our guests; including those with access requirements.


Accessibility issues aren’t limited to visitors with permanent physical disabilities. They also apply to those with mental health conditions, parents with small children, senior travellers, and people with temporary injuries - as well as their travel companions.


To help the tourism industry to prepare for the exciting opportunities ahead, VisitScotland is running an Accessible Tourism Conference.


The conference, which will take place on 12 March 2013 at the EICC in Edinburgh, is one of the key events on the programme for Scottish Tourism Week.


Presentations will be delivered by high profile figures including VisitScotland Chairman, Mike Cantlay, David Grevemberg, Chief Executive of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014, and Shona Robison, MSP, Minister for Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport.    


Lunch will be followed by workshops on a range of aspects of accessible tourism including customer care, best practice and a series of case studies.  


The EICC is right in the centre of Edinburgh. The main entrance is on Morrison Street.  For more information on the EICC and its accessibility please visit their website  


Working witih Edinburgh Convention Bureau, we have negotiated rates for the Accessible Tourism Conference 2013, 12 March 2013 and ECB is pleased to offer a free online accommodation booking service to delegates attending this meeting.

To view and book the various accommodation options please click on the link below.


Credit card details are required to make a booking and confirmation shall be sent to your e-mail address.  Payment should be made directly with the accommodation provider at the time of your stay.

To contact Edinburgh, Convention Bureau, either e-mail: or telephone on +44 (0) 131 473 3874.

Have questions about Accessible Tourism Conference? Contact VisitScotland

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EH3 8EE Edinburgh
United Kingdom

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM (GMT)

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VisitScotland, the national tourism organisation for Scotland, has as its main aim to contribute significantly to the advancement of Scottish tourism by giving it a real presence in the global marketplace and benefiting the whole of Scotland.

It works closely with individual businesses, public agencies and local authorities and other tourism stakeholders to maximise the economic benefits of tourism to Scotland through:


  • marketing Scotland to the world through international and UK campaigns, directed by a strategy designed to maximise the economic impact on Scotland's economy


  • providing information and inspiration to visitors through print, websites, an outreach programme, iCentres, Quality Assurance and advice we give to businesses


  • working closely with tourism businesses and other partners to make sure that their activities are aligned with the national strategy, and that we’re all working towards a common goal


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Twitter: @VisitScotNews

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