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expo BenefitsWhy exhibit at the VisitScotland expo?
VisitScotland expo is Scotland’s flagship event for the travel trade and the only travel trade fair in the UK which exclusively promotes Scotland. expo enables Scottish tourism businesses to promote their products and services to potential buyers from around the globe.

VisitScotland expo welcomes buyers from all sectors of this global industry - coach tour operators, group travel organisers, tourism product wholesalers, specialist and independent tour operators and travel media.

VisitScotland expo 2016 took place at the Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh on 20 – 21 April 2016 and was attended by:
  • 288 exhibiting Scottish companies
  • 401 International Buyers from 31 countries attended the event
  • 183 UK based buyers.

The main reasons for International Buyers to attend were:
  • Meeting with established contacts (86%)
  • Make new contacts (82%)
  • Pick up new ideas / updating inspiration (82%)
For UK Buyers:
  • Make new contacts (76%)
  • Meet established contacts (74%)
  • New ideas / updating inspiration (70%)
79% of international buyers will feature a place they visited in future programmes.

The average anticipated value of sales related to introduced / changed Scottish programme / products from attending expo 2016:
  • International Buyers £69,700
  • UK Buyers £20,400
  • 85% of were satisfied/very satisfied with the business potential expo offered
  • The average (mean) potential business value for exhibitors was £26,100
  • 66% of exhibitor stated their ROI was excellent or good
  • An average of 36 appointments were made by exhibitors
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Exhibitor Profile
Thistle DMC
Exhibitor ImageAt Thistle DMC we manage every aspect of your journey and we own and operate our own fleet of 20 deluxe coaches, perfectly equipping us to deal with the transportation of groups. Our team understands that your programme needs to exceed expectations and we work closely with you to deliver exactly that. We have excellent relationships with suppliers and offer competitive rates so you remain within budget. Our multilingual staff are experts on Scotland and offer you a personal and professional service at all times. A selection of the services that we offer include; accommodation sourcing, transport management, venue selection, conference and event management and social programmes.
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