The ASSC Annual Conference and Exhibition

Mon 5 Sep 16

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 are focusing on the importance of Collaboration and Connectivity.

Working collaboratively and connecting with other accommodation providers, local services and attractions and your local tourism group or destination management organisation is becoming more and more important in an ever changing market place: it is key to your individual success, and to the success of the National Tourism Strategy and the growth and sustainability of tourism in Scotland. We are all in the business of tourism, and it is important to work together to reach our shared goals.

The industry is changing, with different legislation and ways of operating affecting the sector. Digital connectivity is crucial to growth, with your digital marketing strategy becoming more and more important. How we connect with existing and future guests has changed and it is vital to embrace these changes. The 2016 Conference will address these key issues, and more. It will give you tools and ideas to take back to your business to help it grow. It will inspire, motivate and educate!

After a resoundingly successful Conference last year, we are returning to the Glasgow Hilton, where we expect over 200 business owners, property managers, and industry decision makers to attend. It will offer the opportunity to network with other accommodation providers, industry leaders and providers of sector-specific products and services.

The Conference will once again be hosted by Willie Cameron, Director of Visit Loch Ness, Director of Highlands & Islands Tourism Awards and Founding Director of the Cobbs Group. The Conference will be opened by Lord Thurso, new Chairman of VisitScotland. Keynote speakers include Marc Crothall, Chief Executive of the Scottish Tourism Alliance, Chris McCoy, Equality and Diversity Manager & Head of Accessible Tourism at VisitScotland and Robin Worsnop, Chief Executive & Founder of Rabbie's Small Group Tours, the multi-award winning small group tour company.

A series of short interactive presentations by industry experts will give you up-to-date information on a number of key issues including the Rates Revaluation, health & safety, and the new pension requirements. There will be a session on exceeding guests' expectations and improving the customer journey. The final session will de-mystify Search Engine Optimisation and offer you ways with which to drive the right traffic to your website and connect with a wider audience.

Book your tickets online now, or download a booking form: ASSC Conference 2016 – Booking Form. Paying by cheque, BACs or debit/credit card incurs no fee.

Sponsors, Exhibitors & Advertisers

The ASSC conference offers unique opportunities to engage with highly valued and active industry professionals; interact directly with self-catering accommodation owners; have direct discussions with key decision makers; increase your brand awareness and position your organisation at the forefront of the self-catering industry. A number of sponsorship, exhibition and advertising opportunities exist for businesses and organisations to get involved in and be profiled as during the run up to and on the day of the conference. A range of opportunities are available to suit all budgets. ASSC conference audiences have always highlighted the value of speaking face to face with suppliers they may have heard of but been reluctant to buy from. Our delegates like gaining fresh ideas, and hearing about the latest opportunities within a fast-moving industry. We invite you to seize this opportunity – download the Sponsorship, Exhibition & Advertising Opportunities document to find out more: Conference Sponsorship Opportunities.

Watch a short video compiled at last year's event

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