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Tourism Recovery

Time 11:00 - 12:00
Capacity 14 places available
Booking Cut-off Monday 1 Mar, 12:00:pm
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Our Tourism webinar on the 2 March is a must attend for all our tourism and hospitality members!

Do you need questions answered or need some help and advice with your tourism business at this moment in time?

Then join us live for our webinar on “Tourism Recovery” on the 2 March at 11am when Riddell Graham, Director of Industry & Destination Development VisitScotland will update you on some of the key issues regarding Scotland’s tourism recovery.

This webinar will cover:

  • Update on the work VisitScotland and the Scottish Tourism Emergency Response Group (STERG) are doing
  • Funding options that are available to rural tourism businesses
  • The future strategy and recovery plan for tourism in Scotland
  • Questions & Answers

Join Riddell Graham from VisitScotland and SLE’s Policy Adviser Rural Communities, Gavin Mowat on Tuesday 2 March at 11am. 

Don’t miss out book now and have your questions answered!


Riddell Graham

Riddell Graham, Director of Industry and Destination Development

Riddell Graham, Director of Industry and Destination Development, the Industry and Destination Development Directorate’s remit is to develop and maintain direct relations with a wide range of partners, with the main aim of making sure that tourism is seen as an important and valuable industry for Scotland.  It does this through influencing a range of partners and stakeholders including tourism businesses, travel trade, industry bodies, Destination Management Organisation’s and local authorities.

My team is responsible for the direct delivery of VisitScotland’s Quality Assurance schemes, visitor information services and the provision of advice and support to businesses.

My early career working for Borders Regional Council moved between project officer posts in public transport and countryside access within the Council’s Planning and Economic development department.  I started working in tourism in 1978 as assistant tourist officer with Borders Council and then through the ranks and a host of related jobs to Chief Executive of Scottish Borders Tourist Board, a post I held from 1996 to 2005.  I have been a Director with VisitScotland since 2005 in four different roles, first as Director of Strategic Partnerships and Communications then as Director of Strategic Partnerships, then as Director of Partnerships and more recently as Director of Industry and Destination Development which I took up in January 2018. 


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  • Over 50,000 people took a Pitchup holiday in Scotland in 2020
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To find out more about the relaxation in planning laws, COVID-19 measures, toilets and showers, insurance and more, visit: 

To join now, visit: or contact  +44 203 743 9975


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