Del­e­gates de­scend on Oban for Taste For Tourism con­fer­ence

Event will ex­plore was of mak­ing Scot­land A world-beat­ing food tourism des­ti­na­tion

The Oban Times - - Leisure -

IN­TER­NA­TIONAL ex­perts and hos­pi­tal­ity industry lead­ers from around Scot­land will gather in Oban for Taste for Tourism. The con­fer­ence is aim­ing to make Scot­land one of the world’s top food tourism des­ti­na­tions.

The sum­mit, which aims to cat­a­pult Scot­land to the top of the wish­list for tourists who see high- qual­ity food and drink as the main rea­son to travel, has a line-up of pres­ti­gious speak­ers, in­clud­ing in­ter­na­tional ex­perts re­spon­si­ble for set­ting up highly suc­cess­ful food des­ti­na­tions over­seas.

Tak­ing place through­out the week in var­i­ous lo­ca­tions in Oban and Ar­gll, the event is hosted by Ar­gyll and the Isles Tourism and Food from Ar­gyll.

A truly na­tional event, it is the prod­uct of a part­ner­ship with HIE, Scot­land Food and Drink, Visit Scot­land, the Scot­tish Tourism Al­liance, CalMac and Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil.

Vir­ginia Sum­sion, spokesper­son for Taste for Tourism said: ‘Scot­land’s food and drink industry is al­ready its best per­form­ing sec­tor and a strong draw for vis­i­tors look­ing for top- qual­ity pro­duce.

‘But it could be even bet­ter if we all worked to­gether to pro­mote Scot­land as a food and drink des­ti­na­tion.

‘ This na­tional event is packed with ex­cit­ing talks from top global ex­perts on food tourism.

‘ We will fill del­e­gates full of new ideas, knowl­edge and in­spi­ra­tion to build on ex­pe­ri­ences gained dur­ing the year of Food and Drink.

‘We are now look­ing to the fu­ture.’

The event also fea­tures the chance to sam­ple de­li­cious Scot­tish pro­duce, in­clud­ing a gala din­ner de­vised by Mike Knowles, head chef at the Loch Melfort Ho­tel.

The din­ner will be fol­lowed by mu­sic from well- known band, Skip­pin­ish, as well as a num­ber of tours to in­spi­ra­tional food and tourism busi­ness in Ar­gyll and other parts of the High­lands and Is­lands.

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