Tuesday, February 27 2018
A major conference for tourism related businesses in and around the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park is being held in Balloch on Tuesday 13th March between 10.00am and 3pm with an impressive line-up of speakers.
The theme of the conference is ‘’Growing Sustainable Tourism Businesses’’ and is being organised by the Friends of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs, with support from Scottish Enterprise and the National Park Authority, as part of a Collaborating for Success initiative being coordinated by Love Loch Lomond and aimed at maximising the tourism potential of the National Park, the Clyde Sea Lochs Trail, and surrounding communities.
The conference will provide an ideal opportunity for businesses to hear about the tourism priorities for the National Park over the next 5 years and to explore, in very practical ways, sustainable tourism growth opportunities with a range of speakers from a variety of agencies and successful local businesses.
Speakers include National Park Authority Chief Executive Gordon Watson, Janie Neumann, Industry Development Manager (Sustainability/Food and Drink) from Visit Scotland and Jim Walker from Cumbria Tourism, the destination organisation that covers the Lake District National Park where there are some useful lessons on how to develop sustainable tourism businesses.
There will also be speakers from local successful businesses in Loch Lomond and The Trossachs, including Tom Lewis of Mhor Group who operate a range of accommodation and catering businesses in Balquhidder Glen and Callander; Sandy Fraser of the Oak Tree Inn, the Village Shop and St Mocha Coffee Shop in Balmaha; and Gordon Allan of the Loch Katrine Steamship Company who have recently diversified with the addition of an eco-camp catering for the growing glamping market.
James Fraser, Chairman for Friends of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs, said: “I am delighted we have managed to organise this event at what is both an exciting and challenging time for tourism businesses locally with tourism currently on an upward trend but with visitors becoming increasingly discerning in what is a very competitive marketplace.
He added:’’ We have a great line up of speakers who will provide useful insights to tourism trends as well as providing practical tips on how to grow successful and sustainable tourism businesses capitalising more on the international brand appeal of the National Park. Some business advisors from Business Gateway will also be present to help local businesses at what should be a very informative and useful business networking event”