Tourism Society Scotland & Edinburgh Napier University Joint Event

Monday March 18, 2019

Tourism Society Scotland & Edinburgh Napier University Joint Event

Tourism Society Scotland & Edinburgh Napier University Joint Event

Thursday 16 May 2019 11.30 to 16.30

Craiglockhart Campus, Edinburgh Napier University,

219 Colinton Road, Edinburgh,

EH14 1DJ


'20 Years of Scottish Devolution past and future – what will be driving and shaping tourism in Scotland next'

2019 marks the 20th anniversary of the re-establishment of the Scottish Parliament, with tourism being an important responsibility of the Scottish Government. The event will mark this important anniversary and offer a platform for diverse viewpoints on how Scotland’s tourism landscape and performance have changed, to look beyond the economic, to the social and cultural impacts of devolution. 

The event also aims to explore some of the drivers and challenges that are shaping Scotland’s tourism going forward, for example, the move to a ‘circular economy’ (a Scottish Government policy priority); the trends in community tourism leadership and destination development including creating new visitor experiences, new destination development and management approaches and funding models; and current, and possible future, responses to challenges at a local and national government level.

There will also be round table discussion and debate amongst participants on how we may begin to prepare for tourism in Scotland in the next 20 years. These will be captured to inform national debate on the future of tourism in Scotland at a time when the new national tourism strategy to 2030 is being framed.



  • Honorary Professor Brian Hay, Heriot-Watt University - exploring Political Alternatives to Devolution: Implications for Scottish Tourism
  • John Todd, Independent tourism consultant working internationally – focusing on an external and international perspective of Scotland's tourism development over the past 20 years and an evaluation of public sector involvement and engagement with the tourism sector.
  • Suzanne Cumiskey, Scottish Local Authority Economic Development Group (SLAED) – providing a local Government perspective on Scotland’s tourism landscape and performance
  • Sheila Gilmore, Executive Director, VisitArran & The Arran Trust (Arran Eco Savvy Community) – presenting Arran’s ambitious plans for circular economy and tourism

A community tourism representative from Highlands & Islands Enterprise Area [TBC] – community development led destination management.  Followed by Q&A and roundtable discussion.


Ticket Price:

Tourism Society Members: £25

Non Members: £35

Students:  £10

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Tourism Society Scotland Contact:  Kenneth Wardrop FTS, Mobile: 07557735531 or

                                   Edinburgh Napier contact Dr Constantia (Dina), Anastasiadou,