Adrian spreads the word

BO’NESS Labour Councillor is the chairman of the Forth Valley Tourism Partnership. He has helped launch a new tourism e-newsletter for tourism businesses in the area. You can read the newsletter yourself on this site too.

NEWS FROM FORTH VALLEY TOURISM PARTNERSHIP

There’s lots going on in Forth Valley just now. That’s why Forth Valley Tourism Partnership is launching a newsletter to keep you informed.  We’ve asked our partners to distribute the first edition to you. Look out for details on how to sign up for future issues.
Enjoy.

COUNCILLOR ADRIAN MAHONEY
Chairman, Forth Valley Tourism Partnership
adrian.mahoney@falkirk.gov.uk

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** Golf tourism event on February 2
A golf tourism event is being held on February 2, 2010, at the Harviestoun Country Hotel, Tillicoultry. The event is aimed at golf clubs and related businesses across the Forth Valley area.
The guest speaker will be Nick Hunter, Chairman of Golf Tourism Scotland – an organisation set up in 2005 with the aim of raising the standards of Scotland’s golf tourism in the areas of product development, marketing, training and research.
Anyone interested in attending please contact Carolyn McGill at Clackmannanshire Council – email: carolynmcgill@clacks.gov.uk 
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** Free event in Stirling
Also on February 2, VisitScotland is hosting a free tourism event in Stirling. Learn more about the latest developments and trends in business tourism, participate in interactive sessions on markets and topics of your choice and network with industry colleagues. Late places may still be available. Visit http://tinyurl.com/freestirlingevent to find out more.
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** Big movies at historic Hippodrome
New Year brings new movies, big name stars and possible Oscar contenders to the historic Hippodrome Cinema in Bo’ness.
Scotland’s first purpose-built picture palace has started 2010 with a glittering programme that promises something for everyone. To find out more, please visit www.falkirk.gov.uk/hippodrome   – or pick up a brochure from the venue or local outlets.
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** New research courts favour
New research has revealed the cosmopolitan character of the Renaissance Royal Court in Scotland, including what could be the first clear record of Africans at Stirling Castle.
Freelance historian John Harrison has been investigating original documents as part of Historic Scotland’s £12 million project to revamp the royal palace within the walls of the Castle. The palace will reopen to the public in 2011 as a major new Scottish visitor experience.
Visit http://tinyurl.com/stirlingcastleresearch  to find out more.
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** Helix website goes live
A new website for the Helix – the 300 hectare park and visitor attraction being created between Falkirk and Grangemouth – has gone live. Find out about the landmark project at www.thehelix.co.uk
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** Five-star hotel to open this Spring
Work is well underway on Colessio – Stirling’s first 5 star boutique hotel and spa.
Award-winning local entrepreneur Steven McLeod is building a five-star luxury boutique hotel and spa in one of the city’s historic buildings.
The conversion of the former Forth Valley NHS headquarters in Spittal Street into a world class 40-bedroom hotel with restaurant and spa will be major asset to the tourism offering in Stirling.
It should be opening in Spring 2010. For more information and updates visit www.colessio.com
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** All white on the night
Falkirk Council and VisitScotland are promoting attractions in the Falkirk area as part of the national Winter White campaign. Download the leaflet in PDF format at http://tinyurl.com/whitefalkirk
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** Get a Heads up at Stirling Castle
A one-off exhibition giving a close-up view of the 37 replica Stirling Heads will take place at Stirling Castle this February.
It is also the only time when visitors will be able to see the beautifully hand-carved, metre-wide oak medallions in their natural state before they are painted in bright colours – in authentic Renaissance style.
Visit the Castle website to find out more
http://www.stirlingcastle.gov.uk/home/newsevents.htm
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** Falkirk plans festivals leaflet
Falkirk Council will shortly publish a 2010 major events/festivals leaflet.  If you are organising an event in the Falkirk area, please send details to jane.newport@falkirk.gov.uk  for possible inclusion.
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** Hydro gets new look
One of Scotland’s most admired hotels has unveiled a new name and a sumptuous new look, following a multi-million pound renovation.
Dunblane Hydro – now known as Doubletree by Hilton Dunblane Hydro – has a luxurious new look which successfully combines contemporary style with ageless elegance. A stunning new restaurant, The Kailyard by Nick Nairn, has been unveiled along with 200 beautifully appointed rooms. For the business market, the hotel offers an extensive range of conference rooms with break out areas and syndicate rooms, all complete with the latest audio-visual equipment and presentation aides.
Visit www.dunblanehydrohotel.com to find out more.
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** ‘After Life’ exhibition
Where did the tradition of wearing black clothing to a funeral come from? What impact did the World Wars have on funerary tradition? And why are bodies taken out of houses in coffins feet first?
These questions and many more are answered in a new temporary exhibition in Callendar House, Falkirk – on now until March 20. Admission to the House is free of charge. Visit www.falkirk.gov.uk/cultural  for details.
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** ‘Winter Works’ on show
Aberdona is a workshop and gallery in Coalsnaughton, Clackmannanshire. Its latest exhibition – “Winter Works” – features work by local, national and international artists in a wide range of mediums, including glass, wood, photography and oils. Visit: Aberdona Gallery, Aberdona Mains, Coalsnaughton FK10 3QP; telephone 01259 753251 or visit www.clacksweb.org.uk/culture/exhibitions  to find out more.
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** Distillery tours launched
Deanston Distillery near Doune is opening to the public for the first time. This is a fantastic opportunity for people to tour a distillery still making whisky using traditional methods. You can also combine a visit to nearby Doune Castle.
For information on tours and corporate facilities call Ann Shackell on 01786 841 422 or email ann.shackell@burnstewartdistillers.com
Or log onto: www.deanstonmalt.com
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** Range of events in the Trossachs
From June to October 2010 SCOTTSLAND – a diverse programme of cultural and literary events – will take place throughout the Trossachs to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Sir Walter Scott’s poem about the Lady of the Lake – and the area’s inspiring heritage and landscapes.
Look out for a new art and literary trail around Loch Katrine, a running and cycling event in the Trossachs, a traditional Scottish musical event inspired by Lady of the Lake, Trossachs film week, a literary conference featuring Scott and The Trossachs and a range of exhibitions and guided walks and cruises.
For more information on all the activities in the SCOTTSLAND programme visit www.scottsland.co.uk
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** Discover art in Alloa
Imagine Alloa aims to develop Alloa as a national hub of creativity: encouraging partnerships between local people, business, artists, and designers.
Glass artists Keiko Mukaide and Inge Panneels are working on two projects in Alloa. Keiko is creating glass numbers for the shops, while Inge is creating glass ’sparks’ which will see circular coloured glass pieces embedded into the granite pavements. Scottish sculptor Rob Mulholland is creating new public art for the town centre, and the ‘Make Room’ home of resident artist Angela Beardsley is open to visitors who can view a range of work by Angela and a wealth of other artists. Visit Imagine Alloa Make Room, Drysdale Street, Alloa, Clackmannanshire or visit www.clacksweb.org.uk/community/imaginealloaarts/   to find out more.
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** Enjoy a Dam good show
With miles of gentle walks and a beautiful setting, the RSPB’s site at Gartmorn Dam in Clackmannanshire, is somewhere to keep your eye on this winter. See some of the hundreds of ducks, geese and swans that arrive for the winter extravaganza on the water.
David Anderson, the Dam’s Information Officer, is on hand to welcome visitors and answer questions about the birdlife. The visitor centre is open daily between 10.00 a.m. and 4.00 p.m. (except Tuesday and Wednesday).
Visit Gartmorn Dam Country Park and Nature Reserve, Sauchie, FK10 3AZ; telephone (Rangers services) 01259 452478; or visit www.rspb.org.uk/datewithnature/sites/gartmorndam/index.asp
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**  Stirling visitor survey unveiled
In 2007 Stirling Council commissioned Lynn Jones Research to generate a profile of visitors assessing visitor activity and obtaining information on visitor perceptions.
The results of the latest visitor survey (Aug 2008-July 2009) have recently been published. The survey involved a year-round collection of visitor email addresses at sample points around the City.
Visit http://tinyurl.com/stirlingvisitorsurvey

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