Young people with a taste for Scotland’s outstanding food and drink, as well as a passion for promoting Scottish fare to the rest of the world, are being invited to enter a competition for the chance to address delegates at a major conference designed to bring food tourists to the country.
The Taste for Tourism conference in Oban this November aims to catapult Scotland to the top of the wish list for tourists who see high quality food and drink as the main reason to travel. The event will bring together food producers, caterers and travel firms to create more mouth-watering attractions and brand Scotland as a food destination.
The summit has a line-up of prestigious speakers including international experts responsible for setting up highly successful food destinations overseas, but it is also keen to give young inspirational home-grown talent a chance to shine. The competition will see one person win a free trip to Oban alongside tickets to attend the Taste for Tourism conference. There they will be given the opportunity to join a panel of experts who will lead the discussion on how to best promote Scotland as a food tourism destination in front of an audience of food producers, tourism businesses, tour operators, agencies and media.
The winner will be given the chance to join industry experts James Withers, CEO of Scotland Food and Drink, and Marc Crothall, CEO of Scottish Tourism Alliance, to put forward their opinions and expertise on how to shape the future of Scotland’s food and drink and tourism sectors.
Under 30s with a passion for Scotland’s food, drink, landscape and heritage are invited to enter the competition by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org explaining a little bit about themselves, including their name, date of birth, where they are based, and what they would like to present to delegates, in no more than 250 words.
Councillor Aileen Morton, Policy Lead for Strategic Tourism, Argyll and Bute Council, which is supporting the event, said: “The summit is all about learning and we have a fantastic line-up of top international experts, but we also want to have young voices and voices from Scotland. That’s why we are running this competition to find a passionate and articulate young food fan to take part in changing the future of Scotland as a food tourism destination and be at the forefront of leading the next generation of food producers and industry experts.”