The Glasgow Pavilion (stand D43) at this year’s VisitScotland Expo has been co-ordinated by Glasgow Life’s city marketing team in partnership with Scottish Enterprise to reflect the key strands of the Glasgow Tourism and Visitor Plan to 2023.
Branded with the city’s new destination marketing campaign, #NextStopGlasgow it will feature representatives from Glasgow Life’s city marketing; arts; heritage; music and major events teams as well as industry partners drawn from across the city’s tourism and hospitality sector.
With a full diary of more than 200 appointments with buyers from Glasgow’s key international markets, Team Glasgow will be on hand throughout VisitScotland Expo to provide information on everything from new city products for tour and group programmes, and sample itineraries to advice on access, accommodation, major events and more.
Industry partners exhibiting at The Glasgow Pavilion include Browns Brasserie and Bar; Mharsanta; Red Onion; Tennent’s Visitor Centre and Training Academy; Eat Walk Glasgow; Glasgow Music City Tours; The National Piping Centre; Once Upon a Whisky and Waxy O’Connor’s.
Along with stand partners, The Glasgow Pavilion will be manned throughout the two-day event by Shona Mathie, Glasgow Life’s International Marketing Communications Manager and Anne-Marie Gray, Glasgow Life’s Membership Manager.
Glasgow product updates for VisitScotland Expo 2019 include:
Glasgow Museums offers unique experiences for tour groups in some of the city's finest buildings that will create lasting memories for group visitors. Choose from a selection of themed group tours including Highlights of Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum; the All Aboard Interactive Tour at Riverside Museum and The Tall Ship; Behind the Scenes with Glasgow Museums; Highlights of Glasgow’s Burrell Collection; and Research Your Family History with Glasgow Archives. For more information, visit Glasgow Museums.
Mackintosh at the Willow
Miss Cranston’s original Glasgow Tea Room, designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, has been fully restored as Mackintosh at the Willow; a £10m project four years in the making. As well as the iconic tearooms, Mackintosh at the Willow now features brand new meeting and events space; a creative learning and education hub; a retail store and an exciting exhibition telling the story of Mackintosh and Miss Cranston. For more information, visit Mackintosh at The Willow.
The Burrell Collection
Glasgow’s word-renowned Burrell Collection is currently undergoing a £66m refurbishment of its Grade-A listed building and redisplay of its extensive Collection.
With 9,000 objects – from rare Chinese porcelain to modern masterpieces by Manet, Degas and Cézanne; objects from ancient civilizations to works by Rembrandt and Rodin – the Burrell Collection is undisputedly one of the world’s finest treasure houses and the project to redesign the building’s interior will allow for a far greater proportion of the collection to be displayed.
As well as improved facilities including a new café and retail space, landscaped terraces will link the museum to its parkland setting, enhancing the visitor experience.
When The Burrell Collection reopens to the public in 2021, catering provisions for the travel trade will be in place with ample seating for large group tours and bookings, and expert guides will be available to lead your guests through one of the most significant cultural collections to be found anywhere in the world. For more information, visit The Burrell Collection.
Trad Trail Evening Experience
Join Glasgow Music City Tours and Mharsanta for their new Trad Trail Evening Experience. A one hour guided walk around the Merchant City, participants will explore some of Glasgow’s oldest streets while expert guides share legendary tales of the songwriters and storytellers who have shaped Glasgow’s vibrant folk music culture.
Funny, entertaining and informative, this tour, which has been delighting Celtic Connections audiences for the last four years, is a cask strength celebration of Glasgow's traditional music scene.
Following the Trad Trail Tour, the story-telling experience continues at Mharsanta, Glasgow’s newest contemporary Scottish restaurant, where guests will enjoy a sumptuous three-course dining experience featuring a selection of Scotland’s favourite dishes using only locally-sourced products accompanied by live Scottish traditional music. For more information, or to book, contact Sophie at Mharsanta.
The Glasgow Pavilion (stand D43) – information on stand partners:
Browns Brasserie and Bar
Located within Glasgow’s iconic, 130-year-old ex-General Post Office building – on George Square in the heart of the city centre – Browns is a contemporary British brasserie serving brunch, lunch, afternoon tea or dinner made with quality, fresh, seasonal and locally-sourced ingredients. Group bookings for up to 60 seated can be accommodated in Browns’ private dining area while the main brasserie seats 160. For more information, visit Browns Brasserie and Bar.
Mharsanta, meaning Merchant in Gaelic, uses only the finest Scottish, locally-sourced produce. Located in the heart of the Merchant City, the restaurant seats 75 guests with private dining available for 40 people. From immersive dining experiences to gin and whisky tastings, traditional music nights and more, you’re guaranteed a memorable time at Mharsanta. For more information, visit Mharsanta.
Glasgow Museums manages nine award-winning and free to enter civic museums, including Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum; Riverside Museum; the Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA), Scotland’s most popular modern art gallery; and The Burrell Collection. Meanwhile, the Kelvin Hall and Glasgow Museum Resource Centre (GMRC) form the UK’s only publically accessible museum stores, while our Open Museum outreach service takes the City’s collection out into the community. Together, Glasgow Museums houses an extraordinary permanent collection in excess of one million objects. For more information, visit Glasgow Museums.
Tennent’s Visitor Centre and Training Academy
Tennent’s Brewery has been part of Scottish culture for generations. Their historic brewery in Glasgow’s East End has been producing award-winning beers since 1885 and is now home to The Tennent’s Story; the largest beer attraction in the UK. This immersive guided experience traces the history of Scotland’s oldest brewery, from the 1500s to the present day.
Access to The Tennent’s Story heritage centre is free of charge while Tennent’s popular brewery tours range from ‘access all areas’ to beer tasting master classes. They can also provide catering for any groups visiting the brewery. For more information, visit Tennent's Tours.
Glasgow Music City Tours
Glasgow Music City Tours provide informative guided walking tours that explore Glasgow's legendary music scene and iconic venues, both past and present. Led by musicians and journalists, the tours tell the stories of the artists who have played, stayed and made music in the city.
Blending social history with audience memories and tall tales, the tours take guests off the beaten track and behind the scenes of the city's global musical reputation. Since launching in 2015, Glasgow Music City Tours has consistently received a five-star rating and Certificate of Excellence on TripAdvisor. For more information, visit Glasgow Music City Tours.
Once Upon a Whisky
Once Upon a Whisky’s dream is simple; to ignite a desire and passion for all things whisky within each of their guests. And they aim to do this by providing whisky tastings and guided whisky tours throughout both Glasgow and Edinburgh.
‘Once Upon a Whisky’ tours are based on education, culture and responsible drinking; showing guests how to enjoy whisky while learning curious facts and quirky stories about Scotland’s national drink.
Group tours are usually small (10-15 guests) but they can host bigger groups of up to 50 if booked in advance. They also organise distillery trips and private whisky and cocktails tastings for corporate events. For more information, visit Once Upon a Whisky.
Established over 14 years, Red Onion is an award-winning restaurant situated in the heart of Glasgow city centre. It’s a warm and vibrant family-run restaurant where chef owner, John Quigley, serves contemporary Scottish cuisine.
Red Onion is ideally situated in close proximity to all major hotels, events and conference facilities and the restaurant is perfectly arranged for groups of any size, from small parties of eight or more to exclusive use for up to 90 diners. Red Onion can cater for all dietary requirements and international tastes, including gluten free, dairy free and vegan dining. For more information, visit Red Onion.
The National Piping Centre
The National Piping Centre is a hidden gem in the heart of Glasgow. Founded as the national and international centre of excellence for the Highland Bagpipe, Scotland's national instrument, it has a teaching school; Museum of Piping, which covers 300 years of piping history; a 40 seat restaurant; an eight bedroom hotel and a large auditorium and event space which can cater for up to 120 guests. For more information, visit The National Piping Centre.
Eat Walk Glasgow
Eat walk Tours provides guided food and drink walking tours in Glasgow, Edinburgh and St Andrews. Tours take in five venues for food tastings with three stops including drinks tastings. Held at 1pm (Monday to Saturday) and 5pm (Monday to Thursday) throughout the year, each tour covers around two miles and equates to a two-course lunch with drinks. Regular tours are guided in English, with additional tours available in French, German and Spanish. For more information, visit Eat Walk Glasgow.
Adjacent to Glasgow’s Style Mile, this well-established pub in the heart of the city centre offers a cliché-free Irish experience within a memorable setting, with six bars set across three floors serving hearty Scottish and Irish food daily. For more information, visit Waxy O'Connor's.
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