Scotland the next home of conferences

29th July 2008

<p>Scotland is soon to see its fair share of Russian businesses as the prospect of Russian conferences being held in the country is growing.</p><p>Already, VisitScotland has unveiled its new Russian-language website, designed to be a 'one-stop shop' for visitors of all kinds, and it is hoped that the country's conference centres will soon be the home to many of Russia's largest business exhibitions and meets.</p><p>"There are many reasons why Scotland is the destination of choice for meeting planners," explained Caroline Packman, head of VisitScotland's business tourism unit.</p><p>"These include state-of-the-art conference centres, unique venues surrounded by dramatic scenery and the warmth of Scottish hospitality. Getting to Scotland has never been easier with connecting flights from Russia through London, Frankfurt, Paris and Amsterdam."</p><p>However, while many are planning for a Russian flood of interest, some in the industry are already experiencing it. </p><p>FruitSalad events is one company already achieving big conference wins in the Russian market thanks to some Russian speakers on their team and trips to make contact with up and coming markets in Russia itself. </p><p>"We are getting our name out into the lucrative corporate market within the investment banking, mining, telecoms and oil and gas sectors. The outlook is positive," said director Paul Bryan.</p><p><img alt="ADNFCR-1753-ID-18706790-ADNFCR" src="" /></p>