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Warm reception for Cold Water delegates

Arran conference set to generate £180,000

An international conference set to generate more than £180,000 for the Arran economy is again receiving support from VisitScotland’s Conference Bid Fund, it was announced today.
Following a successful inaugural year in 2015, The Cold Water Islands Tourism Conference is returning to the island known as “Scotland in Miniature”, with around 150 tourism professionals from around the world expected to attend.


Tying in with the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design, the speakers include architects, artists, tourism experts, environmentalists and academics from across Europe and Scandinavia.

The conference aims to promote, celebrate and help develop tourism on small cold water island destinations around the world. Over the course of the conference, delegates will also enjoy a visit to Arran Distillery as well as guided tours of the island.

Among the keynote speakers at the event, which takes place at Arran High School's community theatre from 14-16 March, are Claus Rex, Tourism Officer for Dragor in Denmark, Trine Kanter Zerwekh, who is responsible for the promotion of the National Tourist Routes in Norway, Lars Olsen, former Chief Executive of the Knowledge Centre of Coastal Tourism in Denmark, and Zrinka Badurina, from the tourist board of Mali Lošinj in Croatia. Delegates will find out more about the legacy of CWIT2015 from Sheila Gilmore, Executive Director of VisitArran, while other local speakers include Jacqui Gale, Chief Executive of Arran Aromatics, Manuela de los Rios from COAST and local MSP Kenneth Gibson.

Rory Archibald, Business Development Manager at VisitScotland, said: “We are delighted to help bring the Cold Water Islands Tourism Conference back to Arran through the VisitScotland Conference Bid Fund. The fund has boosted the Scottish economy by more than £200 million, supporting business events taking place throughout the country up to the year 2022. I’m sure this year’s event will be another great success, as delegates share their expertise and experience of marketing cold water destinations, while also enjoying the stunning beauty of Arran.”

Sheila Gilmore, Executive Director of VisitArran, said: “VisitArran is delighted to be welcoming back CWIT for a second year.  Last year’s event offered such a great opportunity for all involved and we shall be reflecting on this at the conference.  The calibre of the speakers is once again excellent, and we are delighted to be welcoming back the enigmatic Julian Jenkins, who will be co-hosting. This highlights Arran’s success as a business tourism venue.  None of this would be possible without the support from VisitScotland and our other sponsors.”

The event is also supported by North Ayrshire Council, CalMac, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and VisitArran.

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