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THE ARGYLL & THE ISLES TOURISM SUMMIT 2017: CITY / COAST CONNECTIONS
Tue 21 March 2017, 10:00 – 15:30 GMT
The Sixth Argyll & The Isles Annual Tourism Summit will take place in the village of Lochawe on Tuesday 21st March.
Following the launch of our exciting Wild About Argyll campaign in Glasgow at the end of January, the theme of this year's summit is City / Coast Connections. Mark Beaumont will drop in to join us during a training ride in the area - and we will be welcoming Tom Rice, Head of Marketing Communications at Glasgow Life to explore future collaborations. Over the course of the day we will have workshops and presentation exploring the exciting opportunities to take advantage of the Wild About Argyll campaign and the growing relationship between the City of Glasgow and Scotland's Adventure Coast.
The venue has been chosen in the Year of History Heritage and Archaeology as a key location on the historic West Highland Line and one which owes its existence to tourism. Our venue will be split between the extraordinary St Conan's Kirk and the Loch Awe Hotel overlooking Kilchurn Castle on the banks of Loch Awe. The Hotel, owned and operated by Lochs & Glens, is a magnificent landmark in the area which commemorates the arrival of the West Highland railway to the west coast in the late 19th century. Famous visitors to the Loch Awe Hotel include Kirk Douglas who starred in the film “To Catch Me a Spy”, part of which was filmed at the Hotel and nearby Loch Etive.
With the strong focus on travel, and the location on the historic West Highland Line, this year's summit is being generously sponsored by Scotrail. We are delighted that VisitScotland are also contributing towards the lunch - which will be provided by Food from Argyll. The hotel venue has been generously provided free of charge by Lochs & Glens.
The main programme is linked to the train service from Glasgow to Oban which leaves the Glasgow Queen Street at 0821 arriving in Lochawe at 1047 and later departs at 1521 arriving back in the city for 1748. The cost of travel to/from Glasgow is being covered by the Scotrail Sponsorship and seats have been allocated for delegates in a group to allow on-line dicussion sessions for participants travelling on the train. If travelling on the train from Glasgow to Loch Awe please book using the Train Travellers ticket booking and we will have tickets for you at Queen Street Station - collection details to be provided. We have been allocated a block of seats together. Coach D on the way to Lochawe and Coach A on the way back.
People travelling from Helensburgh - please note it is Helensburgh Upper Station and the train time is 0906 - there is no ticket barrier so simply board the train and look for the allocated seats.
Tickets have also been booked from Oban. This train leaves just at 0857 and Linda Battison our Agent for Oban and Lorn will meet people outside the station and have the tickets.
To get the free train travel do please make sure you have made us aware of your travel plans through the delegtae survey. If you have not received this link please contact Carron.
The two venues have limited space so this year we have capped our numbers at 120 - there are a few places remaining so urge anyone not yet booked to do so soon to avoid disappointment.
10.00 Registration, Networking and Tea/Coffee at St Conan's Kirk
10.30 The Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology on Loch Aweside
10.50 Glasgow/West Highland Line Delegates Arrive
11.00 Welcome and 'Looking Back/Looking Forward' - Calum Ross, AITC
11.15-12.30 CITY / COAST CONNECTIONS PART 1 - MEANINGFUL COLLABORATIONS
Marc Crothal, STA / Charlie Smith, VS / Tom Rice, Glasgow Life
12.30 Mark Beaumont / Wild About Argyll
12.45 Transfer to Loch Awe Hotel (coach transfer available)
13.00 Lunch with Food from Argyll at the Loch Awe Hotel
13.45-15.00 CITY / COAST CONNECTIONS PART 2 - SKILLS AND EFFECTIVE PARTNERSHIPS
Iain Jurgensen, AITC / David Allen, People 1st / Brian Tait, Digital Tourism Scotland / Cathy Craig AITC & Scotrail / Graeme MacFarlan Calmac
15.00-15.10 Reflections on the Day and Key Action Points
15.10-16.00 Discussion and Networking
15.10 West Highland Line Delegates Depart