Expo and trips boost region

Tourism businesses from across the region showcased the very best the Borders has to offer at this year’s VisitScotland expo - the national tourism organisation’s flagship travel trade event.

Over 250 Scottish tourism businesses exhibited to hundreds of tour operators from all over the world at VisitScotland expo, which took place in Glasgow earlier this month.

Now in its 35th year, the event provides a fantastic opportunity for face-to-face meetings with those who organise group trips to Scotland.

Scottish Borders Group Travel Itineraries, Borders Food & Drink Network, Bowhill House and Country Estate, Abbotsford, Scottish Borders Area Tourism Partnership, Gunsgreen House, Floors Castle, Homecoming Scottish Borders and Traquair House all attended the business-to-business event.

In addition to the trade show, VisitScotland has organised a series of ‘familiarisation trips’ for those visiting expo.

These excursions, which take place throughout Scotland both before and after the event, allow UK and international tour operators to experience the Scottish Borders first-hand and include the destination on travel itineraries for their own customers.

Five familiarisation trips will be visiting the Scottish Borders including a dedicated golf trip to experience the excellent courses in the region.

Buyers from the Netherlands, Canada, Germany, Russia and Italy have been visiting the Borders in recent weeks, with their itinerary including lunch and play at the Roxburghe Hotel and Golf Resort and a visit to the Buccleuch Arms Hotel in St Boswells.

The buyers stayed at Cringletie House Hotel near Peebles playing Peebles golf course as well as visiting the MacDonald Cardrona Hotel.

A planned UK trip will also take buyers, guided by Borders Journeys, to local attractions including Johnstons of Elgin in Hawick, Traquair House, the Macdonald Cardrona Hotel, Abbotsford, Bowhill Country House and Floors Castle.