VisitAberdeenshire, together with Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeenshire Council, will this week host online seminars to help local tourism businesses understand the guidance for reopening.

The sessions have been created to assist businesses interpret the tourism and hospitality sector guidance issued by the Scottish Government last week. From 10am tomorrow (Wednesday 1 July) the first session will be focused on visitor attractions. Speakers include Gordon Morrison, chief executive, Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions (ASVA), Gordon Buchanan, service manager, Environmental Health & Trading Standards, Aberdeenshire Council and Alex Geddes, operations manager, Peterhead Prison Museum.

In a self-catering specific session on Wednesday 1 July from 1pm, VisitAberdeenshire will be joined by guest speakers Fiona Campbell, chief executive, Association of Scotland’s Self-caterers (ASSC), Gordon Buchanan from Aberdeenshire Council and Kate Middleton, Ardmiddle Mains Holiday Cottages for key insight into the self-catering sector.

On Thursday (2 July) B&Bs and guesthouses will feature from 10am, with key advice and support from a guest panel including David Weston, chairman, The Bed and Breakfast, Andrew Morrison, protective services manager, Aberdeen City Council and Joyce Welsh, from luxury guesthouse Lys-na-greyne in Aboyne.

Advice for hoteliers will be held on Friday 3 July from 10am, with Stephen Gow, general manager, Chester Hotel and vice-chair, Aberdeen City and Shire Hotels Association joined by Andrew Morrison, protective services manager, Aberdeen City Council and Alison Christie, area general manager, Jury’s Inn and Leonardo Hotels.

In addition, VisitAberdeenshire will also present key findings from research of its engaged consumer audience in webinar on Thursday from 2pm. Hosted by VisitAberdeenshire’s insights and evaluation manager Deirdre O'Donnell, the session will delve into feedback from VisitAberdeenshire’s consumer database. With a focus on their next short break or holiday, the survey asked respondents about transport, accommodation, and activities choices.

Chris Foy, chief executive, VisitAberdeenshire said: “These events will provide a helpful summary of the guidance provided by the Scottish Government for different types of tourism business. The series is the first part of a comprehensive programme of activity which will help businesses navigate a path out of lockdown and back to welcoming customers once more.”

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