Monday, 11 September 2017

Archeology themed incentives

A view of Skara Brae, a stone-built Neolithic settlement on the Bay of Skaill
Skara Brae, a stone-built Neolithic settlement on the Bay of Skaill, Mainland Orkney.

Scotland has a plethora of ways to theme events, Clans, Whisky, Movies and in the last couple of years we are being asked more and more frequently to devise programmes based on the incredible archaeology the country has to offer.

Orkney is now becoming one of Scotlands most popular visits with tourist numbers up from 36,000 to over 120,000 last year. They go to see Skara Brae a perfectly preserved village from 3000 years ago along with Maes Howe a pre-historic burial mound, the Ring of Brodgar and the standing stones of Stenness.
All of it makes up the neolithic landscape of Orkney which is now a UNESCO world heritage site.

Norwegians, in particular, are interested in Orkney given the shared Viking heritage.

In addition to the archaeology, there are whisky distilleries to visit and amazing hotels to stay including Balfour Castle an exclusive use property, perfect for small groups.

For archaeology incentive themes closer to Edinburgh there is the National Museum of Scotland where you can have drinks and a gala dinner surrounded by the amazing finds that have been made over the years.

Picture of the Archaeologist Neil Oliver standing by a yacht called Tiger II
Neil Oliver

Scotlands most famous archaeologist Neil Oliver from the BBC programme Coast and A History of Scotland can be arranged as a guest after dinner speaker.

Another option is to travel in time on a visit to the beautiful Isle of May in the Firth of Forth, visit the harbour, lighthouse, beacon, wartime remains, the bathhouse and St Adrian’s Priory. You will be met by an expert who excavated some of the archaeology on the island and will give his insight and experience too much of the island 4000+ year history. On top of all that, the wonderful birdlife and seals will be all around.

Or what about lunch on an Iron age lake dwelling with demonstrations of the life and food our ancestors lived.

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Friday, 8 September 2017

Cashel Travel invests in major destination management presence in London (Press Release)

A picture of the Millennium Dome (The O2) on the River Thames in Greenwich, London
The O2. Just one of the many incredible venues on offer in London.

Cashel Travel, the specialist UK Destination Management Company (DMC) and luxury incoming tour operator with offices in Edinburgh and Manchester has announced it is significantly bolstering it’s presence in London, with a specialist events team based in the Capital.

James Aitken, Founder and Managing Director of Cashel Travel said: “We view at least the short to mid term as a time of unrivalled opportunity for London. Despite Brexit, or perhaps as an indirect result of the current favourable exchange rates against the Euro, the US Dollar and other key currencies, the future for increased tourism business for the entire UK and especially London looks extremely bright. With Cashel’s recent appointment as the euromic member for the UK, we have the
opportunity to attract even more business and leisure tourism visitors to London as a direct result of our proven creativity and knowledge and our wealth of experience; this is an opportunity we intend to take”.

A recent Tourism Vision for London survey supported by the Mayor of London projects:
  • Tourism numbers in London are set to rise sharply, with more than 40 million people expected to visit the city by 2025, an increase of 30 per cent on the 31.2 million visitors who came to the capital in 2016
  • Visitor spending to grow by almost 50 per cent to £22 billion a year, up from £14.9 billion (2016).
  • Some of the fastest growing markets for visitors to London by 2025 are China (103 per cent growth), India (90 per cent growth), the USA (43 per cent) and the UAE (43 per cent)

Gerry Manser, who has more than 30 years experience in the MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Events) tourism sector is consulting on the London specialist team at Cashel Travel, who will provide major event support services for companies, organisations and associations across all sectors.

Manser added:  “Our team are passionate advocates and experts when it comes to events.  From conferences to exhibitions, incentives to experiential marketing – we know the business of events, we know the best venues and have the right contacts in London.  We are looking forward to delivering our skills at the highest level to both existing clients, and those who recognise the difference we make and the value that we can deliver for their event in London”.