Organised by the Business Events team at VisitScotland, the networking meals allowed businesses from the key north of England market to meet with Scottish partners.
Following the success of last year’s inaugural events, the 2015 Scottish Winter Gatherings saw the number of Scottish partners increased from four to six. This week saw Fairmont St Andrews, The Gleneagles Hotel, The Beardmore Hotel & Conference Centre, Heritage Portfolio, Meetings Perthshire and Macdonald Hotels and Resorts represented at the Quebecs Hotel in Leeds and the Grand Hotel & Spa in York.
To celebrate the culmination of a successful Year of Food and Drink, each guest was treated to a special Scottish Christmas Hamper, containing sweet treats contributed by the Scottish partners.
Theresa Ring, who manages the north of England market for VisitScotland’s business events team, said: "Leeds and York are prime locations for our Scottish Winter Gatherings as they allow our partners to meet with key intermediaries in the north of England, all of whom bring business events into Scotland and who are always looking to expand their product knowledge.
"The north of England is a key market for Scotland and gatherings such as this play a big role in VisitScotland and our partners maintaining excellent relationships with event planners from the region."