Jan 212015

Featuring high profile speakers and with a focus on 2015’s Year of Food and Drink in Scotland, East Lothian Council’s 7th annual Tourism Conference looks set to be another big success.

Entitled ‘Tasting Success’, the conference takes place at The Brunton, Musselburgh, on Tuesday, March 24th. While food and drink is the overall theme for the conference, it will also include insights about the importance of image, presentation and customer care.

Simon Calder, Senior Travel Editor for The Independent and regular guest on shows including BBC Breakfast News, Good Morning Britain, ITV News and Sky News, will be our keynote speaker.  Simon is also the presenter of Global Guru for The Travel Show, BBC 2 and BBC World. He writes for The Evening Standard and High Life (BA’s inflight magazine) as well as many other publications. Simon contributes regularly to BBC Radio, particularly BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio Five Live!

Joining Simon will be James Withers, Chief Executive of Scotland Food & Drink; Mary Contini, Author and Director of Valvona & Crolla; Patrick O’Shaughnessy, Industry Manager (Advice), VisitScotland; Raymond Notarangelo, Director/Founder, Holyrood PR; Al Bryce, Business Adviser, East Lothian Council and Robert Gordon, Commercial Director, Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open.

The day features a series of inspiring presentations, a networking lunch, informative workshop sessions and a chance to pose questions to the panel. There will also be a live, interactive Twitter display.

Registration is at 9.30am with the conference starting at 10am and closing at 3.45pm.

The conference is free and open to all East Lothian businesses with an interest in tourism or food and drink. Numbers are limited so book your place at /www.visiteastlothian.org/tastingsuccess2015