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Tourism contacts by region

Overview

When marketing your business or event to tourists, it is most effective to team up with other local and regional businesses. This creates a 'buzz' around your area and allows you to promote the benefits, activities and attractions that are specific to your region.

This concept is called destination marketing - a type of marketing that promotes a particular destination to increase visitors. 

Throughout Scotland, all the Local Authority areas have their own destination marketing representatives. 

VisitScotland support

VisitScotland is Scotland's national tourism organisation and provides industry leading advice, opportunities and information in the area of tourism. General advice and information for businesses can be found on their corporate website VisitScotland.org

As part of their service, VisitScotland also provide Industry Relationship Managers (IRMs) for each region, who form the first port of call for Scottish businesses looking for personalised advice and support in tourism. The IRMs can help with anything from identifying your audience, providing tailored business surgeries, and developing your digital marketing. For further information and the contact details of each of the IRMs, see the VisitScotland IRM page.

You can find further information on the specific activity VisitScotland has been coordinating in your region by reading their 'Delivering for' documents.

Other support

As well as VisitScotland, there are a range of other organisations that operate within destination marketing. Primarily these are organisations of two types:

Business Improvement Districts

This is formed when a group of local businesses get together and invest collectively to support their area's tourism industry. 

For more information and a list of all Business Improvement Districts, visit the Scotland's Improvement Districts website.

Destination Management Organisation/Company

These are organisations that represent a destination and help to develop their long term travel and tourism strategy.

Contacts by region

The organisations outlined here are a mixture of types of organisation. Some are more commercial and others less so. We would suggest visiting their website and researching the organisation prior to getting in touch. If you are unsure of how to progress, speak to your local VistScotland IRM.

ABERDEEN & ABERDEENSHIRE

VisitAberdeenshire

Coordinator: Aberdeen City Council/Aberdeenshire Council

Contact: 01224 900490 or info@visitabdn.com

 

ANGUS

VisitAngus

Coordinator: Angus Council

Contact: Millie Clarke 01307 473262 or clarkem@angus.gov.uk

 

ARGYLL & THE ISLES

Wild About Argyll/Explore Argyll

Coordinator: Argyll & the Isles Tourism Cooperative

Local areas include: Oban and Lorn (email subscriptions@oban.org.uk); Heart of Argyll & Inveraray; Bute and Cowal; Mull and Iona; Kintyre and Gigha; Islay, Jura and Colonsay

Contact: For contact information for the individual local agents email admin@exploreargyll.co.uk

Love Loch Lomond

Coordinator: Love Loch Lomond

Due to the large area Loch Lomond and the Trossachs represent, this listing is also included in the Stirling and West Dunbartonshire sections.

Contact: manager@lovelochlomond.com

 

AYRSHIRE & ARRAN

Note: South Ayrshire is also covered separately

Ayrshire and Arran Tourism

Coordinator: South Ayrshire Council, North Ayrshire Council, East Ayrshire Council

Contact: Register through website

VisitArran

Coordinator: Arran Trust

Contact: 01770 302043 or info@arrantrust.org

 

CLACKMANNANSHIRE

Discover Clackmannanshire

Coordinator: Tourism Group for Clackmannanshire

Contact: discoverclackmannanshire@hotmail.com.

 

DUMFRIES & GALLOWAY

Visit South West Scotland (NOTE: also serves South Ayrshire)

Coordinator: Visit South West Scotland

Contact: info@VisitSouthWestScotland.com

 

DUNDEE

Dundee

Coordinator: Dundee City Council/ One City Many Discoveries Marketing Campaign

Contact: Jennifer Caswell, Campaign Manager 01382 434252 or contact@dundee.com

 

EAST DUMBARTONSHIRE

Visit East Dumbartonshire

Coordinator: East Dumbartonshire Tourism Partnership/East Dumbartonshire Council

Contact: through website

 

EAST LOTHIAN

Visit East Lothian

Coordinator: East Lothian Council

Contact: through website

 

EDINBURGH

This is Edinburgh

Coordinator: Marketing Edinburgh

Paid membership

Contact: Head of Member Services 0131 473 3666 or hillary.bett@marketingedinburgh.org

 

FALKIRK

VisitFalkirk

Coordinator: Falkirk Council/Falkirk Area Tourism Partnership

Contact: 01324 590960 or visitfalkirk@falkirk.gov.uk

 

FIFE

Welcome to Fife

Coordinator: VisitFife/Fife Tourism Partnership

Contact: 03451 555555 ext 445838 or promoting.fife@fife.gov.uk

 

GLASGOW

People Make Glasgow

Coordinator: Glasgow Life/Glasgow City Marketing Bureau

Contact: Membership Manager anne-marie.gray@glasgowlife.org.uk

 

HIGHLANDS

VisitInvernessLochNess

Coordinator: VisitInvernessLochNess (Business Improvement District)

Contact: through website

North Coast 500

Coordinator: North Coast 500 Ltd

Area covered: North Highland Coast – Black Isle, Caithness, Easter Ross, Inverness-shire, Sutherland, Wester Ross

Contact: 01463 229 849 or enquiries@northcoast500.com

Visit Cairngorms

Coordinator: Cairngorms National Park

Contact: office@visitcairngorms.com

Outdoor Capital of the UK

Coordinator: Lochaber Chamber of Commerce

Contact: 01397 705765 or membership@lochaberchamber.co.uk

 

INVERCLYDE

Discover Inverclyde

Coordinator: Inverclyde Council/Local Tourism Partnership

Contact: ???

 

MIDLOTHIAN

Visit Midlothian

Coordinator: Midlothian Tourism Forum

Contact: Simon Beattie, Rosslyn Chapel on simon@rosslynchapel.com

 

MORAY

MoraySpeyside

Coordinator: Moray Chamber of Commerce

Contact: info@morayspeyside.com or laurie@morayspeyside.com or 01343 610 383

 

NORTH LANARKSHIRE

Visit Lanarkshire (NOTE – also includes South Lanarkshire)

Coordinator: Lanarkshire Area Tourism Partnership

Contact: thomsonje@northlan.gov.uk

 

ORKNEY

Orkney.com

Coordinator: Orkney Islands Council/Orkney Tourism Group

Contact: info@orkney.com or admin@visitorkney.com

 

PERTH & KINROSS

Perth City/City of Perth

Coordinator: Perth and Kinross Council

Contact: 01738 475727 or 01738 475728

VisitCrieff

Coordinator: Crieff Succeeds BID Ltd

Contact: 07412 847098 or david.crieffsucceeds@gmail.com

 

RENFREWSHIRE

LiveRenfrewshire

Coordinator: Live Renfrewshire

Contact: iain.shepherd@liverenfrewshire.co.uk or 07538 037 957

Paisley First

Coordinator: Paisley First

Contact:  ask@paisleyfirst.com or 0141 237 8120

 

SCOTTISH BORDERS

Scottish Borders Tourism Partnership

Coordinator: Scottish Borders Tourism Partnership

Contact: enquiries@scottishborderstourismpartnership.co.uk

 

SHETLAND

Shetland

Coordinator: Shetland Islands Council

Contact: 01595 98 98 98 or info@shetland.org

 

SOUTH AYRSHIRE

Visit South West Scotland (NOTE: also serves Dumfries & Galloway)

Coordinator: Visit South West Scotland

Contact: info@VisitSouthWestScotland.com

 

SOUTH LANARKSHIRE

Visit Lanarkshire (NOTE – also includes North Lanarkshire)

Coordinator: Lanarkshire Area Tourism Partnership

Contact: thomsonje@northlan.gov.uk

 

STIRLING

Your Stirling

Coordinator: Your Stirling

Contact: enquiries@yourstirling.com

Love Loch Lomond

Coordinator: Love Loch Lomond

Due to the large area Loch Lomond and the Trossachs represent, this listing is also included in the Argyll & The Isles and West Dunbartonshire sections.

Contact: manager@lovelochlomond.com

 

WEST DUNBARTONSHIRE

West Dunbartonshire Council

Coordinator: West Dunbartonshire Council

Contact: via website

Love Loch Lomond

Coordinator: Love Loch Lomond

Due to the large area Loch Lomond and the Trossachs represent, this listing is also included in the Stirling and Argyll & The Isles sections.

Contact: manager@lovelochlomond.com

 

WESTERN ISLES

Visit Outer Hebrides

Also have an industry website

Coordinator: Outer Hebrides Tourism

Contact: Rob McKinnon, Chief Executive rob@outerhebridestourism.org or 07808 098860, Mairi Thomson, Tourism Development Officer mairi@outerhebridestourism.org or 07717 283012

 

WEST LOTHIAN

Visit West Lothian

Coordinator: Visit West Lothian

Contact: Callum Findlay on callum.findlay@westlothian.gov.uk