Potential for country sports discussed

Some of those who attended the meeting at the Drovers Inn.
Some of those who attended the meeting at the Drovers Inn.

Ideas of how to maximise the county’s potential for country sports tourism were discussed at a meeting held recently at Memus.

Land and estate agents Bell Ingram teamed up with Angus Council and the Scottish Country Sports Tourism Group (SCSTG) to host the evening, which was attended by business operators and land owners working within the sector.

Keynote speakers highlighted the importance of attracting sports-hungry tourists to Scotland and why collaborations between country sports operators and other tourism businesses can ensure the sector thrives.

Victoria Brooks, SCSTG project co-ordinator, said: “We hope the evening helped to inspire and encourage more collaboration and communication within businesses all across the region.

“This year, Angus and Dundee are gearing up to welcome thousands of global visitors and hundreds of participants to the area when the Commonwealth Games shooting event comes to Barry Buddon in July, so it’s a fantastic opportunity to show off the area and encourage country sports enthusiasts to return year after year.”

Patrick Laughlin, from Bell Ingram, also discussed his experiences from 20 years of working within tourism and leisure-related projects, including strong relationships with sporting estates and VisitScotland.

He said: “It’s extremely important for people within this industry to collaborate and understand how working together can benefit everyone to attract as much tourism to Scotland as possible.

“I’m certain that everyone took a lot away from what was an extremely successful evening. Hopefully this is the first step to maximising the tourism opportunities for all lovers of country sport wanting to take advantage of what fantastic services Scotland has to offer.”

The meeting was also welcomed by Councillor Sheila Hands, Angus Council’s tourism spokeswoman, who said the event in the Drovers Inn was an ideal way of bringing interested parties together

She added: “We aim to encourage businesses to collaborate and offer products which will bring more visitors to the area. Country sports are becoming more accessible to all kinds of people, so it’s important that our accommodation businesses are aware of this and take steps to provide visitors with what they need.”