Dunrobin Castle - ancestral home of the Clan Sutherland
Dunrobin Castle - ancestral home of the Clan Sutherland
Kilchurn Castle, Loch Awe
Kilchurn Castle, Loch Awe
Scotland is a great place to explore by cycle on trails and coastal paths
Scotland is a great place to explore by cycle on trails and coastal paths
Ardvreck Castle and Loch Assynt in Sutherland, Highlands of Scotland
Ardvreck Castle and Loch Assynt in Sutherland, Highlands of Scotland
The banks of Loch Lomond - Britain's largest stretch of inland water
The banks of Loch Lomond - Britain's largest stretch of inland water
Strathisla Distillery in Keith, Grampian Highlands
Strathisla Distillery in Keith, Grampian Highlands
Portree Harbour, Isle of Skye
Portree Harbour, Isle of Skye
Gleneagles Golf Course
Gleneagles Golf Course
Fantastic rivers and lochs await for you to try your hand at fishing
Fantastic rivers and lochs await for you to try your hand at fishing
Scotland's rich musicial tradition
Scotland's rich musicial tradition
The Northern Isles are home to the world-famous Shetland pony
The Northern Isles are home to the world-famous Shetland pony
Ring of Brodgar in Orkney
Ring of Brodgar in Orkney
Kayaks at North Beach, Little Bernera, Isle of Lewis, Stornoway
Kayaks at North Beach, Little Bernera, Isle of Lewis, Stornoway
Dolphin pond in magnificent mountainside setting of Benmore Botanic Gardens
Dolphin pond in magnificent mountainside setting of Benmore Botanic Gardens
Piper at Castle of Mey in Thurso, Caithness
Piper at Castle of Mey in Thurso, Caithness
Balmoral Castle, Royal Deeside, Aberdeen
Balmoral Castle, Royal Deeside, Aberdeen
Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, Glasgow
Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, Glasgow
Ben Nevis, Fort William
Ben Nevis, Fort William
Oban, Argyll & Bute
Oban, Argyll & Bute
Edinburgh Castle
Edinburgh Castle

Cruise Sector Workshop for Highland Tourist Attractions

The Port of Cromarty Firth will run a seminar on the 6 December 2017 for companies in the Highlands interested in finding out how working with the cruise sector might help boost their business. The day-long workshop will be held at the Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness.

This free workshop, run in partnership with Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), and supported by VisitScotland and Inverness Chamber of Commerce, has been designed for businesses running tourist and visitor attractions in the Highlands, including retailers, golf courses, distilleries, outdoor activities and restaurants.

Attendees will be introduced to the ground handling companies who represent the major cruise lines that visit the Port in Invergordon, and will be able to take part in a question and answer session with them.  They will also discover how to design excursion itineraries that are appealing to tourists and tailored to the various cruise lines.

Bob Buskie, Chief Executive of the Port of Cromarty Firth, said: “We are delighted to organise this event for a second time.  Feedback from the first workshop was very positive.  It gave organisations, both large and small, an insight into how to pitch their company to the cruise industry in a way that gives them the best chance of success. Sometimes a little inside information and access to the right people is all you need.   We are delighted that HIE are once again supporting the event, and that we have three of the largest ground handling companies attending.

“2017 was the Port’s busiest cruise year ever, with around £14million generated for the Highland economy.  This workshop is the perfect way for tourism businesses to learn how to work with the cruise industry, and to meet some staff from the ground handling companies in person.  It will be good to welcome some new organisations who are keen to understand the opportunities the cruise sector can bring to their business. There are plenty of opportunities.”

James Gibbs, HIE’s Area Manager for Inner Moray Firth, commented “This is about helping local businesses to benefit more from the increasing number of cruise ship visitors that come to the region every year. There are opportunities to add value to the visitors’ experience while benefiting the local economy. Attendees responded very positively to the first workshop last year and we very much welcome the Port of Cromarty Firth’s continuing support to local businesses in organising a second event.”

There is no charge to participate in this event, but you must register to reserve your place.  It is funded by the partners, with HIE covering the cost of the venue and catering, the Port of Cromarty Firth organising the speakers and logistics, and the ground handling companies attending at their own cost. 

To ensure that attendees get the chance to speak to the ground handlers, tickets will be limited to 50 people, on a first come, first served basis.  To reserve your place go to https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/gain-more-business-from-the-cruise-sector-tickets-39085979216

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