Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce

Tourism Partnership

Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce recently took part in a fact finding mission in Iceland in October 2016 investigating the country's tourism industry's use of digital media, hospitality and business development. You can read their results here:
Learn Taste Experience
Innovation and Business Development
The Use of Digital Marketing and Social Media
Hospitality Service 
AYRSHIRE & ARRAN TOURISM STRATEGY 2012-2017 (pdf download)

Industry-led, the Ayrshire & Arran Chamber Tourism Partnership has representation from all sectors of the industry, training and education, VisitScotland and Chamber itself.

The new Ayrshire & Arran Tourism Industry Website รข€' www.ayrshire-arran.org provides a central hub for tourism businesses to browse online resources, the latest industry news, information on key projects and connect with other businesses in the sector. Tourism businesses and stakeholders across the area are being urged to register for the site and make use of the resources and information to collaborate and grow the sector.

Ayrshire & Arran Regional Golf Development Project (pdf)

Project Groups
Ayrshire Food Network (AFN)
Founded in November 2002 after the success of the Ayrshire farmers market cooperative, the group has developed to its position today where Ayrshire & Arran based businesses are working together to promote the produce, culinary and food tourism delights of the area.
Chair: Howard Wilkinson Petrie Fine Foods
Secretary/Treasurer: Alastair Breckenridge

Ayrshire & Arran Visitor Attraction Association (AAVAA)
Dynamic and mutually supportive, aiming to increase visitor satisfaction at attractions; to share resources, knowledge and information; be a collective lobbying voice; develop off-season activity and undertake joint promotional and awareness-raising activities operating under the strapline 'Great Days Out'.
Main activities involve financial contributions from members, joint leaflet printing and distribution, advertising, bedroom packs and the website. The Association continues to work on education packs/school visits, press campaigns, trade shows, signposting VA/tourism presence at Prestwick Airport, market research and training and skills development.
Chair: David Mann Scottish Maritime Museum
Secretary: Alastair Breckenridge

Culture/Heritage Group

Ayrshire Trails
With funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Scottish Enterprise Ayrshire, South Ayrshire Council and Eurofunding through Kilmarnock College, the 'Trails Leaflet' was published in 2005.
Download Ayrshire Trails Leaflet (pdf)

Ayrshire Consortium for Tourism Training (ACTT)
Ayr College, James Watt College, Kilmarnock College, the Scottish Agricultural College, and the University of the West of Scotland have been working together to provide a networked and innovative approach to tourism training, offering tailored solutions for a professional tourism workforce. Providing customised programmes in response to industry needs.Offering a free consultancy visit or Training Needs Analysis to businesses to identify the type of training required and to discuss delivery options.

Scottish Enterprise, European, Lottery, Trust Funds and the Local Authorities have helped to fund projects on an individual basis. Ayrshire Chamber helps with secretarial and administrative expenses, events and networking activities.


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