Key date for tourism businesses

TOURISM businesses in the Bo’ness area are being invited to a “date with a difference”.

They are being encouraged to attend a free “speed networking” event to mark the launch of the new Forth Valley Tourism Partnership. The event will take place on Tuesday, June 16, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Macdonald Inchyra Grange Hotel in Polmont.

The Tourism Partnership’s chairman, Bo’ness Labour Councillor Adrian Mahoney, said: “The event will offer local tourism businesses a great chance to make new contacts and find out about neighbouring attractions and accommodation in this area.

“It will be run in a speed-dating style, giving attendees the chance to have lots of short one-to-one meetings and to swap business cards. It’s a free event, so I hope lots of local businesses will attend.”

He added: “Better informed tourism businesses – with better contacts and awareness of the local tourism market – can only help to encourage visitors to stay longer in this area . . . and spend more money in the local economy. That’s the real power of networking and that’s why we’ve organised this event.”

The Tourism Partnership brings together local players from both public and private sectors in Stirling, Falkirk and Clackmannanshire, with the aim of driving forward the local tourism sector.

The group consists of representatives from local businesses as well as Falkirk, Stirling and Clackmannanshire Councils, VisitScotland, Scottish Enterprise, Historic Scotland, British Waterways, Clackmannanshire Tourism Limited and Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park.

Sinead Guerin, VisitScotland’s regional director and the secretariat for the Forth Valley Tourism Partnership, said: “Tourism growth is critical to the future of Scotland and particularly in the current climate it’s extremely important for local businesses to work together to get tourism growth back on track. We hope that by encouraging businesses to have more dialogue with each other they will have a better understanding of what is available from their region as a whole.

“VisitScotland promotes the Forth Valley area and it’s local businesses to the world through its local and national marketing campaigns. Only by working closely in partnership can we hope to attract more people to the area.”

Businesses interested in attending the event should contact Teri Meagher at VisitScotland on 0131 472 2017 or e-mail teri.meagher@visitscotland.com

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