Moray Chamber of Commerce with VisitScotland host tourism insight breakfast in Moray Speyside at The Mansion House Hotel, Elgin, 23 September

The west beach at Lossiemouth, north of Elgin. Credit: VisitScotland / Paul Tomkins.

The west beach at Lossiemouth, north of Elgin. Credit: VisitScotland / Paul Tomkins.

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND, 2016-Sep-19 — /Travel PR News/ — Two emerging trends in tourism – craft beer and coastal tourism – will be the subject of a tourism insight breakfast in Moray Speyside.

Organised by Moray Chamber of Commerce, in collaboration with VisitScotland, the event takes place at The Mansion House Hotel, Elgin, between 8am and 10am on Friday, 23 September.

Businesses are invited to join Matthew Quinn, Senior Insight Analyst at VisitScotland, to discuss the growth of craft beer tourism, how it has impacted the Scottish tourism industry and how stakeholders in Moray Speyside can benefit from this growth.

The breakfast will also cover the most recent analysis of Scottish tourism performance, general trends in tourism and the significance of the hotel occupancy survey in Moray Speyside.

VisitScotland’s Insight paper ‘Coastal Tourism in Scotland’, which was published last month reveals the industry is worth £323 million to the economy. There has been a steady increase in domestic tourism at Scottish seaside locations since 2010. Between 2010 and 2014, domestic trips increased by 6 per cent to an average of 1.5 million trips, while spend went up 9 per cent to £323 million.

Sarah Medcraf, CEO of Moray Chamber of Commerce, said:

“We are thrilled to be working with VisitScotland on this event in Moray Speyside. Tourism is everybody’s business and we are sure those businesses who sign up to the breakfast, no matter how big or small, will take some valuable insight away with them.”

Jo Robinson, VisitScotland Regional Director, said:

“We are delighted to be supporting this business breakfast in Moray Speyside. It is sure to give a fascinating insight into the rise of these two distinctive trends – coastal tourism and craft beer – and look at how businesses in Moray Speyside can capitalise on this interest.

“Tourism is more than a holiday experience; it creates jobs and sustains communities in every corner of Scotland all year round. Without tourism, many remote communities would not be sustainable and business sectors like food and drink, outdoor activities, retail or construction would be severely impacted.”

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