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National Park Tourism Conference

 The Next 5 Years – Growing Sustainable Tourism Businesses

The Friends of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs, with support from Scottish Enterprise and Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park Authority, will host a conference themed on growing sustainable tourism businesses in the national park on Tuesday 13th March in Balloch.

This event will look at a mixture of relevant topics within the context of the next five years of tourism development in the area. This includes the National Park Authority’s Partnership Plan and tourism priorities, growth opportunities within the visitor experience and using sustainability as a driver for progress and visitor satisfaction.

The conference will host several speakers including representatives from the Friends, the National Park Authority, VisitScotland and case studies from local businesses. Delegates will hear more about how they can plan for the future as well as looking at successful examples from businesses who have utilised the special qualities of the national park to create sustainable tourism experiences.

This conference is part of the Friends’ exciting ecotourism initiative and is open to all tourism related businesses in Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park and Clyde Sea Lochs areas.

When and Where:

For more information, please email or call 01389 727761

Conference Program

9.30 – 10.00: Registration

10.00 – 10.10 Introduction: James Fraser, Chairman for Friends of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs

10.10 – 10.15 Welcome: TBC

10.15 – 10.45 Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park Partnership Plan and Tourism Priorities – The Next 5 Years: NPA TBC

10.45 – 11.15 Guest Speaker: Jim Walker, Executive Board Vice Chairman for Cumbria Tourism, Lake District National Park

11.15 – 11.30 Break

11.30 – 12.00 Tourism Growth Opportunities and Trends: Jared Bowers, Ecotourism Project Manager for Friends of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs

12:00 – 13.00 Business Snap Shots: Tom Lewis – Monachyle Mhor, Sandy Fraser – Oak Tree Inn, Gordon Allan – Steamship Sir Walter Scott

13.00 – 13.45 Lunch

13.45 – 14.15: Sustainability as a Driver for Progress and Visitor Satisfaction: Janie Neumann, Industry Development Manager (Sustainability/Food and Drink) for VisitScotland,

14.15 – 14.30 Conclusions and final questions

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