Accessible Tourism advice on offer at latest MBTAG event

Stephen Whitelaw of Digital Tourism Scotland is among the guest speakers at the first event organised by Midlothian and Borders Tourism Action Group (MBTAG).

Published: Thursday, 18th May 2017

Tourism organisations in the Borders and Midlothian are invited to sign up now for a free event to make their business more accessible to customers.

You can register now for the event on Tuesday 6 June at the National Mining Museum Scotland in Newtongrange.

Accessible tourism across the Scottish Borders and Midlothian

Accessible Tourism or Inclusive Tourism, as it's also known as, is the term used to describe tourism that serves the needs of a full range of consumers.

The Accessible Tourism market not only encompasses people with permanent physical disabilities, but also families with young children and senior travellers.

Boost your business

The market has grown significantly over the last few years, with many businesses that cater for this market seeing higher occupancy rates and the development of a loyal customer base who keep returning.

MBTAG (Midlothian and Borders Tourism Action Group) is organising the event.

Jemma Reid, MBTAG project manager

“Speakers will include Chris McCoy, the equality and diversity manager and head of the accessible tourism project at VisitScotland as well as Moira Henderson, who owns an accessible holiday cottage in Fife and Hayley Burton, the short breaks development officer at VOCAL, the voice of carers across Lothians.

“We will also be hearing from Steve Callaghan who has an accessible adventure tourism business, so a great line up.”

Book your place

Businesses, sign up for the event.

More information

Images from the launch of MBTAG are available on our Flickr page.

Despite being a private sector-led initiative, MBTAG is also in partnership alongside SBC, Midlothian Council, Midlothian Tourism Forum, Scottish Borders Tourism Partnership, ScotRail and VisitScotland.

MBTAG has pledged to work collaboratively with local businesses over an initial two year period. This activity will build upon the success of the Borders Railway Tourism Development Programme which has been delivered since September 2015.