Midlothian tourism industry focuses on railway

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A tourism development manager and an expert in stakeholder engagement are among the guest speakers at a free event to encourage local tourism enterprises to take advantage of the Borders Railway.

In partnership with Midlothian Council, Scottish Borders Council and Scottish Enterprise this event, on Wednesday, May 11, has been organised under the Borders Railway Tourism Development Programme. It takes place at The Lodge, Carfraemill, Lauder, from 9.30am.

Following the launch of the Business Opportunities Guide, this event focuses on the three key themes of “Collaboration, Connectivity and Co-Operation”.

The Borders Railway is already having an impact on the tourism industry within Midlothian and beyond. The guest speakers will share their experiences and knowledge on the three themes. The aim is to build momentum within the industry and stimulate a joined up approach to delivering memorable quality tourism experiences for visitors to the regions.

The event programme is as follows: 9.30-10am, Arrival registration and coffee; 10-10.10am, Fergus Watson: Borders Railway Tourism Development Programme; 10.10-10.40am, Drew Haley: Settle-Carlisle Railway Development Company; 10.40-11.10am, Lesley Wood: Digital Tourism Scotland; 11.10-11.25am, Comfort break; 11.25-11.55am, Carron Tobin: Argyll & The Isles Tourism Cooperative; 11.55am-12.10pm, Questions and Answers; 12.10-12.20pm, Fergus Watson: Case Studies and wrap up; and 12.20-1pm, Networking Lunch.

Spaces are limited, so to book online - http://www.bgateway.com/events/1674/borders-railway-collaboration-connectivity-and-co-operation.