RURAL landowners will come together this month at an event exploring the growing trend in country sports tourism, an industry worth over £240million per year to the Scottish economy. The demonstration day, organised by Scottish Land & Estates, and will be held at Drumlanrig Castle, near Dumfries, on Thursday 26 April.
Pat Somerville of Scottish Land & Estates explained the background to the event:
“Scotland’s natural links with country sports like grouse shooting, deer stalking and salmon fishing are recognised globally and demand remains very strong. Farmers and rural land managers have learned to capitalise on these income streams by making country sporting holidays easily available on their land and accommodating the needs of tourists in first class style. This event will allow new and existing businesses in the country sports tourism field to learn from the experts about how to create or enhance their offering.”
Speakers will include highly experienced solicitor in rural affairs Jackie McCreery who will discuss wildlife legislation requirements, in particular vicarious liability, and Robert Rattray of chartered surveyors CKD Galbraith who will consider the current market in fieldsports, including how to diversify on demand. Founding partner of Highland Lodges, Nicki Barnett, has personal experience of the country sports industry and is expert at attracting and keeping sporting guests. She will present alongside Scottish Country Sports Tourism Group representative Victoria Brooks and David Gwyther of Wildlife Estates Scotland. Topics will focus on specific potential business enhancement opportunities, customer care and what makes it so important, plus an optional ‘walk and talk’ site visit at the Queensberry Estate, showcasing one of Scotland’s fines sporting estates in action.
Pat Somerville continued:
“VisitScotland and the Scottish Government are running a campaign to showcase Scotland’s natural beauty and spectacular landscapes in 2013. Country sports tourism will play a major role in this and we must keep up the momentum, as it is vital to the fragile rural economy of Scotland. We would strongly encourage anyone with an interest in developing their business around country sports to come along to this event and find out more.”
The event begins at 9.30am, opening with registration and refreshments, and will finish at around 3.00pm.
To register attendance please contact Joyce Karch at Scottish Land & Estates on 0131 653 5400.