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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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The Exchange
EH3 8EE Edinburgh
United Kingdom

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

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Tourism is leading economic transformation across Scotland andis the heartbeat of the Scottish economy. It causes a ripple effect which touches every industry and community, creating employment and economic growth in sectors out with those traditionally associated with tourism. Scotland’s visitor economy is worth £11 billion and employs 217,000 people.

VisitScotland has a crucial role to play in helping to deliver the Scottish Government’s core purpose of creating a more successful country by increasing sustainable economic growth.

We are an ambitious organisation, working with a broad range of stakeholders and innovators to identify opportunities to accelerate growth, increase quality and service, encourage innovation, and position Scotland on the global stage in a consistent and appealing manner. 

VisitScotland delivers global marketing activity, supports local tourism businesses, attracts national and international events, provides inspiration for visitors and aims to make tourism inclusive and accessible for all.

Partnership and collaboration is vital to Scottish tourism and we work with local industry to develop and deliver innovative initiatives that grow the visitor economy.

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