Event planners to experience the best of Edinburgh and Glasgow

Some of Edinburgh and Glasgow's most prestigious venues are being showcased to corporate and association meeting planners from Germany and Austria next week, highlighting the cities' credentials as business destinations.

The familiarisation trip, organised by VisitScotland’s Business Tourism team, will see a group of 16 event professionals spend five days being shown round a number of hotels and venues, with a focus on hosting large-scale events in the east and west of Scotland.

The trip will begin on Edinburgh’s historic Royal Mile on 25 March, where the group will enjoy dinner at Contini Cannonball, before an overnight stay at the Radisson Blu hotel. The following day will include tours of a number of Edinburgh venues, starting with the Assembly Rooms. The Edinburgh First team will show buyers around some of the University of Edinburgh’s modern and historic buildings.

The group will have a dine-around experience highlighting Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink at the National Museums of Scotland, followed by visits to The Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh and the Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa.

There will also be visits to the Edinburgh International Conference Centre, The George Hotel, The Royal College of Physicians and the National Gallery before the group heads west to Glasgow. Attendees will visit Glasgow City Halls and Old Fruitmarket as well as the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC).

Dinner at Urban Brasserie will be followed by a stay at Hilton Glasgow, while a full day of tours includes Glasgow University’s Huntarian Museum and Bute Hall, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, the Beardmore Hotel & Conference Centre, Auchentoshan Distillery, Blythswood Square hotel and Hutchesons. The final stop will be The Corinthian Club.

Visit C&IT's Scotland Destination Guide here

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