The opening event for Scottish Tourism Week, the three-day exhibition will be attended by more than 8,000 visitors from across Scotland’s tourism and catering sector, showcasing a wide range of attractions, innovative new products and competitions, including the much anticipated Scottish Culinary Championships.
Minister for Tourism, Fergus Ewing, said: "It's very appropriate that we are launching Scottish Tourism Week at ScotHot. If we deliver high quality food and drink to those visiting Scotland, not only can we make them happy and their stay more enjoyable, but we also provide a reason for them to choose to come to Scotland in the first place.
"Tourism is crucial to Scotland’s growth and so we realise we have to invest. Our approach is led by industry - we work with industry and then produce our policies and reports. Events like ScotHot are an ideal opportunity for industry members to get together and network, sharing fresh ideas and innovations.
“Scotland will never be a place where you can lie on a beach and get a sun tan, it is the huge range of attractions on offer that encourage people to come to here. To enjoy our food and drink, visit our hotels, attractions and golf courses and discover some of the oldest cities in the world."
ScotHot 2013 gives those in the hospitality industry the opportunity to increase awareness on the latest developments and learn from others in the same sector. Visitors can see the best new products and services from hundreds of exhibitors ranging from small, local independents within the Scotland Food and Drink and Source Local Pavilions, such as Eden Delicious, through to international companies including Heineken UK.
New features for 2013 include the Spotlight Stage, where visitors can discover the latest techniques, current and future trends with live demonstrations, presentations and talks in this exciting arena. Confirmed guest speakers include Albert Roux, Victor Brierley from the Whisky Ambassador; Ruth Hinks UK Chocolate Master, from Cocoa Black in Peebles, plus there will be interviews with the Young Hotelier, Young Restaurateur and some of the HotScots Power 40. This year the 40 most influential figures in the Scottish hospitality, tourism and catering industries are bing celebrated in the HotScots Power 40 created in association with Caterer and Hotelkeeper.
With a heritage dating back over 50 years, the Scottish Culinary Championships is the pinnacle of the exhibition’s culinary events. Expected to attract more than 400 entries across 50 competitions, for the first time the Championships will showcase exciting new contests including the Scottish Restaurant Challenge and to celebrate 40 years of ScotHot, The ScotHot Classic. The competition winners will be celebrated along with those of the Scottish Chef of the Year and the World Culinary Grand Prix at the ScotHot Awards Dinner at the Grand Central Hotel on the evening of Wednesday 6 March.
Pictured: Organisers for Scotland's largest catering and hospitality show, ScotHot, celebrate its 40th year anniversary. The opening event for Scottish Tourism Week, ScotHot is taking place at Glasgow’s SECC 4-5 March.