Increased Expo-sure for Dumfries & Galloway

The tourism industry in Dumfries & Galloway, from the hotels and accommodation to the world-famous dark skies and wildlife, are set to be promoted to the world at next week’s VisitScotland Expo.

Ten of the region’s top tourism businesses are heading to Scotland’s biggest travel trade event next week to showcase their tourism offering to international tour operators and travel agents from all over the world. The businesses from Dumfries & Galloway include the Gretna Green Famous Blacksmiths Shop andthe Edinburgh Woollen Mill in Langholm.

For the first time this year, six businesses from the region are working together to showcase their products and services within a dedicated ‘Dumfries & Galloway’ area of the exhibition at Glasgow’s SEC (Scottish Event Campus) on 26 and 27 April.

The group, which includes the Cairndale Hotel in Dumfries, the Annandale Distillery, the McMillan Hotel Group, Drumlanrig Castle and Country Estate, Thornhill, Nocturnal Wildlife Tours in Castle Douglas and the Galloway Forest Park, are collaborating together for the first time at the event to promote Dumfries & Galloway as a destination for visitors.

By situating themselves together in the exhibition hall, the group hopes to raise the profile of Dumfries & Galloway as a destination and capitalise on the opportunities to promote the region to new audiences.

The history, heritage and archaeology of Dumfries & Galloway will also take centre stage as part of a themed trip for Canadian tour operators as part of this year’s Expo.

During the four-day familiarisation (fam) trip of the Scottish Lowlands, from 22 to 25 April, the eight delegates will visit some of the region’s most well-known and celebrated visitor attractions and locations, including the awe-inspiring medieval Caerlaverock Castle and Robert Burns House in Dumfries.

Organised by VisitScotland, the tour will also take in the historic and romantic Gretna Green, Threave Castle, Laggan Outdoors, Galloway Forest Park and Crawick Multiverse. During their trip, the tour operators will enjoy hospitality at a number of locations, including the Cairndale Hotel in Dumfries, Cally Palace Hotel and The Globe Inn, Dumfries.


VisitScotland Regional Director Doug Wilson said: “I am delighted that these international delegates will get the chance to experience some of the very best attractions in our region on the fam trips.

“It is also very encouraging to have so many businesses from Dumfries & Galloway at this year’s Expo. VisitScotland Expo is the most important date in Scotland’s tourism calendar. It allows us to showcase this must-visit region to UK and international buyers. It also reinforces to the tourism industry in the rest of Scotland that Dumfries & Galloway is a destination of choice for quality, value and memorable experiences delivered by skilled and passionate hosts.”

VisitScotland Expo 2017 will be the 38th staging of Scotland’s biggest business-to-business event for the travel trade. The national tourism organisation’s flagship show will give 276 Scottish tourism businesses – including accommodation providers, visitor attractions and activity providers – from every corner of the country the chance to showcase their products and services to more than 600 tour operators and travel agents from all over the world.

The event is expected to create a net economic impact of £2.5 million for the local economy while, thanks to one-to-one appointments facilitated by VisitScotland, exhibitors are expected to generate an average of £22,000 worth of gross turnover as a result of attending.


Full list of Exhibitors from Dumfries & Galloway:


  •          Annandale Distillery, Annan
  •          Cairndale Hotel & Leisure Club, Dumfries
  •          Drumlanrig Castle & Country Estate, Thornhill
  •          Galloway Forest Park, Newton Stewart (including Churchill Catering, Newton Stewart, Galloway Lodge at Clatteringshaws)
  •          Gretna Green Famous Blacksmiths Shop
  •          McMillan Hotels, Stranraer
  •          Nocturnal Wildlife Tours,Castle Douglas
  •          Edinburgh Woollen Mill, Langholm