The Coach Tourism Association (CTA) says its recent summer networking event in Glasgow looks set to generate new business for operators. Over 80 CTA coach tour operator members attended the event which took place from Sunday 24 to Tuesday 26 July.
“This was the first time the CTA’s summer networking event has been held in Glasgow, and feedback from operators is that it was one of the best yet,” said CTA Chair Robert Shaw. “Coach operators learnt about new attractions that many of them hadn’t previously engaged with. The event should give CTA members plenty of inspiration for new itineraries to the Glasgow region and the rest of Scotland.”
VisitScotland supported the event, which was hosted by Valor Hospitality’s Crowne Plaza hotel in Glasgow, and included a reception by Glasgow City Council’s Bailie Thomas Kerr. The event’s Scotland Workshop involved over 20 suppliers from across the country, and familiarisation trips took in the Riverside Museum and the Clydeside Distillery as well as the refurbished Burrell Collection museum. Operators also visited National Trust for Scotland’s Pollok House, including a picnic in its gardens with support from The Crieff Hydro Family of Hotels’ 1881 Gin Truck.
“Special thanks go to VisitScotland for helping us with the event, and the CTA would also like to thank the host attractions, including the workshop suppliers, for their support,” said Robert. “Thanks also go to the operator and wholesaler members who attended the event. The business generation potential of Summer Networking in Glasgow showed another reason why coach tour operators should join the CTA.”