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Tuesday, March 21st 2017

The Argyll and The Isles Tourism Summit 2017

10:00 - 15:30

The Sixth Argyll & The Isles Annual Tourism Summit will take place in the village of Lochawe on Tuesday 21st March.

Information and booking link here.

Following the launch of the exciting Wild About Argyll campaign in Glasgow at the end of January, the theme of this year's summit is City/Coast Connections.

Mark Beaumont will drop in to join delegates during a training ride in the area - and we will be welcoming Tom Rice and businesses from Glasgow City Marketing Bureau keen to explore future collaborations. Over the course of the day there will be workshops and presentations exploring the exciting opportunities to take advantage of the Wild About Argyll campaign and the growing relationship between the City of Glasgow and Scotland's Adventure Coast.

The venue has been chosen in the Year of History Heritage and Archaeology as a key location on the historic West Highland Line and one which owes its existence to tourism.

The venue will be split between the extraordinary St Conan's Kirk and the Loch Awe Hotel overlooking Kilchurn Castle on the banks of Loch Awe. The Hotel, owned and operated by Lochs & Glens, is a magnificent landmark in the area which commemorates the arrival of the West Highland railway to the west coast in the late 19th century. Famous visitors to the Loch Awe Hotel include Kirk Douglas who starred in the film “To Catch Me a Spy”, part of which was filmed at the Hotel and nearby Loch Etive.

With the strong focus on travel, and the location on the historic West Highland Line, this year's summit is being generously sponsored by Scotrail. VisitScotland are also contributing towards the lunch - which will be provided by Food from Argyll.

The exact times will be confirmed soon but will be tied into the train service from Glasgow to Oban which leaves the Glasgow Queen Street at 0821 arriving in Lochawe at 1047 and later departs at 1521 arriving back in the city for 1748. On-line train sessions will be part of the mix for participants travelling on the train. Early activities will be available for those travelling by train from Oban arriving at 0935.

The full programme with speakers will be issued soon. The two venues have limited space so this year numbers are capped at 120 - book early to avoid disappointment.