An international conference is set to generate more than £180,000 for the Arran economy in Scotland.
The Cold Water Islands Tourism Conference is again receiving support from VisitScotland’s Conference Bid Fund following a successful inaugural year in 2015.
The conference returns to the island known as ‘Scotland in Miniature’, with organisers expecting 150 tourism professionals from around the world to attend.
Tying in with the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design, the speakers include architects, artists, tourism experts, environmentalists and academics from across Europe and Scandinavia.
The conference aims to promote, celebrate and help develop tourism on small cold water island destinations around the world. Over the course of the conference, delegates will also enjoy a visit to Arran Distillery as well as guided tours of the island.
The conference takes place at Arran High School’s community theatre from 14-16 March 2016.
Rory Archibald, Business Development Manager at VisitScotland, said: “We are delighted to help bring the Cold Water Islands Tourism Conference back to Arran through the VisitScotland Conference Bid Fund. The fund has boosted the Scottish economy by more than £200m, supporting business events taking place throughout the country up to the year 2022. “I’m sure this year’s event will be another great success.”
Sheila Gilmore, executive director of VisitArran, said: “VisitArran is delighted to be welcoming back CWIT for a second year. Last year’s event offered such a great opportunity for all involved and we shall be reflecting on this at the conference. The calibre of the speakers is once again excellent.”
The event is also supported by North Ayrshire Council, CalMac, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and VisitArran.