Golf, castles and whisky in Aberdeenshire were all part of a themed trip organised for a group of European tour operators as part of the country’s biggest travel trade show - VisitScotland expo 2015.
During the five-day visit, from April 18 to 23, the five delegates from Germany and Spain were visiting four golf courses across Aberdeenshire, including Cruden Bay.
Organised by VisitScotland in partnership with Golf Aberdeen City & Shire, the delegates also enjoyed a tour of MacLeod House & Lodge Hotel at Trump International Golf Links and visited Crathes Castle in Royal Deeside.
They also stayed in a number of North-East hotels, including De Vere Village Urban, Aberdeen; Meldrum House Hotel, Oldmeldrum and Macdonald Norwood Hall Hotel in Aberdeen.
VisitScotland expo took place last week at the AECC in Aberdeen. To make the most of the hundreds of national and international buyers in attendance, VisitScotland organised a series of familiarisation trips in order to inspire tour operators from around the world to create new or expand existing Scottish holiday packages.
The aim for tour operators was to impress their clientele with their range of products and destination knowledge, therefore personal experiences and contacts in Scotland are vital.
The show and trips were designed for tour operators in order to enhance their knowledge of Scotland and allow them to develop new Scottish product.
Philip Smith, VisitScotland regional director, said:“Expo provided us an ideal opportunity to fuel the imagination of our overseas tour operators each year, giving them lots of inspiration on how they can package up Scotland for their customers.
“We very much welcomed this group and hoped to demonstrate the strength of our tourism offering in Aberdeen City and Shire.
“This year’s expo, in our home city of Aberdeen, welcomed around 500 international and UK based buyers, and as we continue to take Scotland to the world, we hope that our wide range of familiarisation trips has encouraged even more people to visit our beautiful country and boost the visitor economy.”