Fergus Ewing MSP, the Scottish Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism (pictured), will open Scotland’s Trade Fair Spring on 20 January. He will deliver a speech about the Scottish economy, tourism and the state of retailing.
Mike Cantlay, Chairman of VisitScotland, will accompany the minister and will also speak at the newly-created Seminar Theatre within the Scottish Exhibition and Convention Centre (SECC) venue in Glasgow. Organisers report nearly all 500 stands are booked for the event, which takes place 20-22 January. Scotland’s Trade Fair Spring will run alongside Scotland’s Speciality Food Show which is also running a series of seminars.
With tourism as Scotland’s biggest industry generating £2.9bn for the Scottish economy, exhibitors will be aiming their products at this lucrative market.
Other speakers include Isobel Martinson, Chief Executive of the Giftware Association, on the business of opening a shop or online retail outlet and Alan Dickson from Retail Mentors, on how independents can succeed in today’s High Street.
Fergus Ewing MSP said: “Scotland’s Trade Fair Spring highlights how closely connected the tourism and retail industries are. Many visitors take home a souvenir to remind them of their time in Scotland and they take full advantage of our world renowned produce making a substantial contribution to our economy in the process.”
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