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2016 Annual Conference
Tuesday 8 November

Committed to Excellence

Annual Conference – #ASSC2015

                           Tuesday 10th November 2015, Glasgow

The ASSC Annual Conference and Exhibition is the only major event aimed directly at the people and businesses providing holiday rental accommodation in Scotland. This year we focused on our “Commitment to Excellence”.

  • What visitors to Scotland expect now and will demand in the future.
  • How do those offering self-catering accommodation respond to the needs of their visitors?
  • What are the new, successful providers offering and why?
  • What new trends will emerge or take hold in the coming few years?
  • How has the Year of Food and Drink impacted on the self-catering sector?
  • What do we have to do to ensure we are committed to excellence?

Following the success of previous ASSC Conferences, we welcomed many business owners, property managers and industry decision makers to this year’s conference and exhibition in Glasgow. The day was compèred by Willie Cameron, Director of Visit Loch Ness; Director of Highlands & Islands Tourism Awards and Founding Director of The Cobbs Group – voted Highland Business of the Year 2014.

Keynote speakers included:

  • Nick Nairn, celebrity chef and entrepreneur
  • Charlie Smith, Marketing Director, VisitScotland
  • Cathy Craig, Commercial Director of Abellio Scotrail

Post-lunch sessions took the form of short interactive presentations by industry experts giving up-to- date information on what’s new in social media and how we can use this medium to work for us,  how to make the most of your property and not undersell it, accessible tourism, as well as hearing from FEVITUR – the Spanish Holiday Home Trade Association.

  • Right Message, Right Time: Excellence in the Online Customer Journey: Joel Lumsden, Attacat Ltd
  • It’s Better Than I thought It Would Be – Don’t Undersell Your Experience: Paul Saunders, Paul Saunders Media
  • The European Perspective: Pablo Zubicaray, President, FEVITUR
  • Find Your Place in Social Media: Ali Campbell, ASSC & Ali Campbell Creative
  • Accessibility for All: David Paton, Development Coordinator, Homelands Trust Fife

Question Time with Our Expert Panel, Chaired by Willie Cameron:

  • David Smythe, Chairman ASSC
  • Fiona Campbell, Chief Executive, ASSC
  • Nick Nairn, Celebrity Chef, Nick Nairn Enterprises
  • Cathy Craig, Commercial Director, Abellio Scotrail
  • Charlie Smith, Marketing Director, VisitScotland
  • Marc Crothall, Chief Executive, Scottish Tourism Alliance
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Highlights from the 2015 Conference will be available here soon!

Meanwhile, you can dip into last year’s highlights here…

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ASSC Conference 2014 Video

Hear what people said about it

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Simon Reeve, Broadcaster Paul Easto, Wilderness Scotland Niki Nutsch, Booking Staff

And how 2014 was for Industry Participants

David Smythe, ASSC Chairman Sarah Scarlett, Baincraig Lodge Joel Lumsden, Attacat

Conference management by Crescent Events.
Conference and exhibition videos by GloCast.


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