The ASSC Annual Conference and Exhibition is the only major event aimed directly at the people and businesses providing holiday rental accommodation in Scotland.
This year we will focus on the importance of “Collaboration and Connectivity”. Working collaboratively and connecting with other accommodation providers, local services and attractions and your local tourism group or destination management organisation is becoming more and more important in an ever changing market place: it is key to your individual success, and to the success of the National Tourism Strategy and the growth and sustainability of tourism in Scotland. We are all in the business of tourism, and it is important to work together to reach our shared goals.
The industry is changing, with different legislation and ways of operating affecting the sector. Digital connectivity is crucial to growth, with your digital marketing strategy becoming more and more important. How we connect with existing and future guests has changed and it is vital to embrace these changes. The 2016 Conference will address these key issues, and more. It will give you tools and ideas to take back to your business to help it grow. It will inspire, motivate and educate!
After a resoundingly successful Conference last year, we are returning to the Glasgow Hilton, where we expect over 200 business owners, property managers, and industry decision makers to attend. It will offer the opportunity to network with other accommodation providers, industry leaders and providers of sector-specific products and services. It will inspire, motivate and educate!
The Conference will once again be hosted by Willie Cameron, Director of Visit Loch Ness, Director of Highlands & Islands Tourism Awards and Founding Director of the Cobbs Group. Keynote speakers include Marc Crothall, Chief Executive of the Scottish Tourism Alliance, Chris McCoy, Equality and Diversity Manager & Head of Accessible Tourism at VisitScotland and Robin Worsnop, Chief Executive & Founder of Rabbie’s Small Group Tours, the multi-award winning small group tour company.
A series of short interactive presentations by industry experts will give you up-to-date information on a number of key issues including the Rates Revaluation, health & safety, and the new pension requirements. There will be a session on exceeding guests’ expectations and improving the customer journey. The final session will de-mystify Search Engine Optimisation and offer you ways with which to drive the right traffic to your website and connect with a wider audience.
Registration commences at 9.30am, with networking and exhibition viewing. The AGM is from 10-10.50am for Members only. The conference programme commences at 11am.
Members of the ASSC Committee would like to invite delegates to join them for a complimentary glass of wine at an informal drinks reception, sponsored by Cumberland Business (Cumberland Building Society) on Monday 7th November at the Hilton Hotel Glasgow's Connich Bar at 9pm. Please add a free ticket when you book your delegate ticket so that we know you'd like to attend.
Tickets can also be purchased by cheque, BACs or credit / debit card, which will incur no fee. Please contact Eleanor: email@example.com, or telephone 01462 894 483.
Accommodation is not included, however a preferential rate has been secured at the following hotels:
Hilton Glasgow Hotel: You will receive a 10% discount on the hotel’s best available advance purchase rate by using Promotional Code – AASS16. Book online at www.hilton.com/glasgow, or call reservations on 0141 204 5555.
Hampton by Hilton Glasgow Central, West Campbell Street: You are entitled to a discounted bedroom rate of £85 per room per night single occupancy including complimentary breakfast and Wi-fi. Details online at www.assc.co.uk/conference.
Abellio ScotRail are offering delegates 50 free tickets travelling to the Conference in Glasgow. ScotRail are committed to supporting the development of Tourism in Scotland and wish to encourage travellers to explore by rail. Submit your ideas for a great short break which is easily accessible by rail, which Abellio Scotrail could promote to their customers. The first 50 great ideas will receive standard class return rail tickets to and from the Conference.
Sponsors, Exhibitors & Advertisers
The ASSC conference offers unique opportunities to engage with highly valued and active industry professionals; interact directly with self-catering accommodation owners; have direct discussions with key decision makers; increase your brand awareness and position your organisation at the forefront of the self-catering industry. A number of sponsorship, exhibition and advertising opportunities exist for businesses and organisations to get involved in and be profiled as during the run up to and on the day of the conference. A range of opportunities are available to suit all budgets. ASSC conference audiences have always highlighted the value of speaking face to face with suppliers they may have heard of but been reluctant to buy from. Our delegates like gaining fresh ideas, and hearing about the latest opportunities within a fast-moving industry. We invite you to seize this opportunity – contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.