Category Archives: Tourism

Eight days a week at #STW2017

By Dr Fiona Hutchison, Senior Engagement Executive for Tourism, Interface

Interface were very proud to be active participants in Scottish Tourism Week 2017. Designed for this crucial Scottish industry, a series of events took place across not seven, but eight days. My colleagues and I attended, exhibited and presented at a significant number of events across the country. You could find us in Argyll and the Isles, Dundee and Angus, Perthshire, the Borders, Fife, Glasgow, West Lothian and Edinburgh. Continue reading

History in the making

Year of History Heritage and Archaeology faces













Ian Walker of Borders Journeys approached Interface to help him find the right academic expertise from Scotland’s 23 Higher Education Institutions.

Partnering with academics at Queen Margaret University helped him make an important strategic decision about the future direction of his company.

This year, to celebrate the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, Ian features in one of VisitScotland’s 90 second mini-documentaries.

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Tourism benefits from Fiona’s dedication



By Fiona Hutchison, Sector Engagement Executive – Tourism, Interface

Fiona Hutchison joined Interface in September as Sector Engagement Executive for Tourism to encourage multi-party groups to collaborate with academic expertise. Here, we found out a bit more about Fiona and what she has been doing so far. Continue reading

How to build a tourist destination – Innovate!



By Suzanne Dawson, Head of Sector Relationships, Interface

I live in Peebles in the Scottish Borders and am always quick to promote the town and the surrounding area both as a place to live and also to visit.  Since we moved here it has become a centre for tourist activity.  Yes the town’s pretty and it’s lovely to visit on a bank holiday Monday but that’s never going to be enough to sustain local businesses nor does it explain the growth in the sector which we have seen over recent years. Continue reading

Brewing success in Shetland

Kjol at Shetland Harbour

By Silke Reeploeg, Staff Researcher with the Centre for Nordic Studies, University of the Highlands and Islands

Earlier this year the University of the Highlands and Islands received funding from the Scottish Funding Council Innovation Voucher Scheme to collaborate with the Lerwick Brewery in Shetland on a research and knowledge transfer project.  The aim of the project was to develop an ‘events range’ of beers to coincide with local events on Scotland’s northernmost island group.  Sounds good right?  The result was a fantastic, limited edition, beer inspired by the annual ‘Bergen-Shetland’ yacht race, which was launched during the race June. Continue reading

How an Innovative Start-Up Culture can Help Established Businesses Grow

Edinburgh based global travel-search company Skyscanner is leading Scotland’s growing reputation as a tech hub. Over the last ten years the company has grown from an Excel spreadsheet to Europe’s leading flight search engine and has no intentions of slowing down.

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No Such Thing as a Free Lunch

By Mari Findlay, Rural Project Executive, Interface

I had the pleasure of recently presenting at the Dumfries and Galloway Regional Tourism Conference, and was blown away by the sincerity and modesty of the key speaker – Professor David Thomson – who is the founder and now Chairman of MMR Research Worldwide.

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2014 – what does it mean for you?


Featuring guest blogger Marc Crothall, Chief Executive, Scottish Tourism Alliance.

2014, the most widely anticipated year in memory and all of a sudden, it’s here.  We’re counting down the weeks now to some of the biggest events in the world, taking place in our country but are we ready? Are you ready? Have you thought about how you can take full advantage of the many opportunities that exist for all tourism business throughout Scotland in this second year of Homecoming and how you can benefit from the current innovations, initiatives and the increase in knowledge sharing within our tourism industry in Scotland?

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