Category Archives: Tourism

Appetite growing for food tourism

Stach food cafe in Amsterdam

By Claire Bereziat, Lecturer in Tourism, Glasgow Caledonian University

Claire Bereziat

Food and drink are at the very core of the tourism product and destination. Food is tangible in its texture, colours and composition, however, it is its intangibility that completes its appeal to the food tourist. Food is flavours, smells and scents. Food is culture. Food is connection to places, landscapes and people. Food is social and sociable. In short, food is far more than functional: it’s pleasure, and should be delight. Finally, food is memories, souvenirs and gifts. Continue reading

Summer’s here!

By Siobhán Jordan, Director, Interface

As I write this, the rain drips down incessantly and peering at the grey sky fails to give me any hope of a ray of sunshine today.  Slugs and snails are enjoying tasty feasts in my garden and my attempts at improving my golf are on hold for another few weeks.
But it is not all despair for the Scottish summer – there are lots of positive signs around! Continue reading

Eight days a week at #STW2017

By Dr Fiona Hutchison, Senior Engagement Executive for Tourism, Interface

Interface were very proud to be active participants in Scottish Tourism Week 2017. Designed for this crucial Scottish industry, a series of events took place across not seven, but eight days. My colleagues and I attended, exhibited and presented at a significant number of events across the country. You could find us in Argyll and the Isles, Dundee and Angus, Perthshire, the Borders, Fife, Glasgow, West Lothian and Edinburgh. Continue reading

History in the making

Year of History Heritage and Archaeology faces













Ian Walker of Borders Journeys approached Interface to help him find the right academic expertise from Scotland’s 23 Higher Education Institutions.

Partnering with academics at Queen Margaret University helped him make an important strategic decision about the future direction of his company.

This year, to celebrate the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, Ian features in one of VisitScotland’s 90 second mini-documentaries.

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Tourism benefits from Fiona’s dedication



By Fiona Hutchison, Sector Engagement Executive – Tourism, Interface

Fiona Hutchison joined Interface in September as Sector Engagement Executive for Tourism to encourage multi-party groups to collaborate with academic expertise. Here, we found out a bit more about Fiona and what she has been doing so far. Continue reading

How to build a tourist destination – Innovate!



By Suzanne Dawson, Head of Sector Relationships, Interface

I live in Peebles in the Scottish Borders and am always quick to promote the town and the surrounding area both as a place to live and also to visit.  Since we moved here it has become a centre for tourist activity.  Yes the town’s pretty and it’s lovely to visit on a bank holiday Monday but that’s never going to be enough to sustain local businesses nor does it explain the growth in the sector which we have seen over recent years. Continue reading

Brewing success in Shetland

Kjol at Shetland Harbour

By Silke Reeploeg, Staff Researcher with the Centre for Nordic Studies, University of the Highlands and Islands

Earlier this year the University of the Highlands and Islands received funding from the Scottish Funding Council Innovation Voucher Scheme to collaborate with the Lerwick Brewery in Shetland on a research and knowledge transfer project.  The aim of the project was to develop an ‘events range’ of beers to coincide with local events on Scotland’s northernmost island group.  Sounds good right?  The result was a fantastic, limited edition, beer inspired by the annual ‘Bergen-Shetland’ yacht race, which was launched during the race June. Continue reading

How an Innovative Start-Up Culture can Help Established Businesses Grow

Edinburgh based global travel-search company Skyscanner is leading Scotland’s growing reputation as a tech hub. Over the last ten years the company has grown from an Excel spreadsheet to Europe’s leading flight search engine and has no intentions of slowing down.

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