Showcasing Argyll to the world

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Argyll and Bute was showcased to the world this week when local tourism businesses attended VisitScotland Expo.

Argyll Holidays and The Majestic Line were just some of the businesses exhibiting at the country’s flagship travel trade show during a significant year for the national tourism organisation as 2019 marks its 50th anniversary and the 40th staging of VisitScotland Expo.

Machrie Hotel and Golf Links on Islay are attending the event for the first time alongside returning exhibitors Love Oban and Argyll and the Isles Tourism Co-operative.

VisitScotland Expo was at the SEC (Scottish Event Campus) in Glasgow earlier this week hosting the highest number of exhibitors in its history with more than 330 businesses attending. The show began as the Scotland’s Travel Trade Fair in 1980 before being rebranded in 2001.

It has grown into Scotland’s premier business to business event giving tour operators and travel agents from across the globe the chance to meet Scottish tourism businesses and learn about their products and services– all under one roof.

Last year saw over 300 companies showcased and more than 570 buyers from around the world flocked to Scotland to attend the flagship event with over 9,500 pre-made appointments taking place.

David Adams McGilp, VisitScotland Regional Director, said: “VisitScotland Expo allows businesses – including accommodation providers, visitor attractions and activity providers – to showcase their products and services to hundreds of tour operators and travel agents from all over the world – all under one roof. Tourism is more than a holiday experience it is the heartbeat of the Scottish economy and touches every community, generating income, jobs and social change.’