The challenge weekend brought together over 120 tourism and technology professionals and students to analyse a range of tourism-related data, developing innovative products, services or tools that benefit the tourism industry in Edinburgh.
"The latest international visitor figures for the 12 months to the end of June 2017 are very encouraging and should offer confidence to the industry that we can continue to perform successfully as Scotland's main economic driver. Importantly, this growth has helped to counter the decline in domestic visits and spend over the same period. The significant rise in overseas visitors from North America can be attributed to the favourable exchange rate and Scotland being perceived as a safe and welcoming destination.
Key industry figures will gather in Edinburgh this month for a major new networking event facilitated by the Scottish Wholesale Association (SWA) as part of its ongoing strategy to highlight the growing importance of foodservice to its members and the wider wholesale industry.
For destination authorities, be they DMOs, local authorities or inward investment agencies, the key is to find how the destination's economy can gain real benefits from taking an open-minded approach to the collaborative economy whilst seeking to reduce any negative effects.
The second Guest Scotland Conference and Exhibition will run on Wednesday 1 and Thursday 2 November 2017 at the spectacular Edinburgh International Climbing Arena, South Platt Hill, Newbridge, Edinburgh, EH28 8AA.
The Scottish Tourism Alliance (STA), the British Hospitality Association (BHA) and the Scottish Licensed Trade Association (SLTA) welcome Finance Minister, Derek Mackay's response to the Barclay Review and are hugely encouraged by his recommendations for the forthcoming draft budget outlined in Parliament today.