When the show was over today, Argyll and the Isle Tourism CEO, Mike Story, grabbed a shot to underline that there are more major tourism opportunities for Scotland in the pipeline.
The Knapdale beavers are an enduring draw for Argyll [and yes, the jokes greeting the Argyll beaver through the two days of Expo were something else]. Ask Jean Ainslie from Oban and Lorn Tourism Association who inhabited the beaver for much of Wednesday.
But in 2014, Golf’s Ryder Cup will be fought out at Gleneagles in Perthshire – and this is the cup itself.
Over the two day Expo event, the total number of full interviews with buyers was 170.
The unanimous feeling amongst the team was that the leads this year were much much hotter than last year.
In 2012 people were finding out who Argyll and the Isles Tourism were and what the place had to offer as a destination.
This year they had decided it was a region to send customers to – and so they had very specific questions about itineraries’ and products.
Expo can be a slow burn, but a very valuable one.
Here below are a few captioned photographs from today’s action, as as a signing off until next year.
The Kintyre and Gigha Marketing Group team on top of their game, with Peter Stogdale in his usual mischievous form.
Argyll socks it to Argyll and the Isles – The Duchess of Argyll tells Mike Story that next time he wants her to give a group of international travel writers tea in her kitchen at Inveraray Castle, he could at least supply some of his famous bacon rolls.
Iain Jurgenson, General manager of Portavadie Marina celebrate a serious score.