Days to SSDA 2023 Conference...
The SSDA Conference will be at Peebles Hydro, Innerleithen Rd, Peebles, EH45 8LX.
Tuesday the 14th of March 2023
The South of Scotland Destination Alliance annual conference is for anyone keen to help grow our sector to its full potential.
The South of Scotland Destination Alliance (SSDA) is the strategic Destination Management and Marketing Organisation for the South of Scotland, encompassing Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders.
After a successful 2022 conference, we look forward to welcoming you all back again for an exciting opportunity to:
- Spend the day with industry leaders,
- Meet our new CEO, David Hope-Jones,
- Hear about all the developments and actions SSDA has undertaken this year in promoting the South of Scotland to the world,
- Participate in workshops,
- And most importantly, network till you drop!
- Join us in the evening for a fabulous 3 course dinner.
*NEW for 2023* - Wednesday 15th March 2023
Half-day FAM trip to meet local businesses. (optional) or Full-day FAM trip to meet local businesses. (optional)
These trips are a fantastic opportunity to network, share ideas and best practices. Always a popular event, be sure to sign up quickly, as only limited places are available.
Whether you are a tourism business owner, or a supplier or industry professional ; part of our vital supply chain or an economic development professional keen to support the sector, we have a dynamic line up of speakers and everyone is welcome.
08h00-09h30 Exhibitor set up
10h30-11h15 Celebrating our Visitor Economy
Showcasing success stories from 2022 & highlighting insights & opportunities for South of Scotland tourism businesses in 2023 and beyond.
Marketing overview 2022 & looking forward to 2023 - Vanessa Wegstein, SSDA
To Be Announced
To Be Announced
11h15-11h45 Refreshments and Networking
11h45-12h30 Shaping our Visitor Economy
Inspiring Enterprise: Defining our USP – how we can add value to the visitor experience and be inclusive for all.
Inspiring visitors to be temporary locals - Emma Guy, SCOTO
To Be Announced
To Be Announced
12h30-13h30 Lunch and Networking
13h30-15h00 Developing our Visitor Economy – Sustainable Business Focus: 2023 & Beyond
Key challenges faced by the tourism & hospitality industry and how sustainable and responsible practices can add value to your business.
Industry Breakout Sessions
Accommodation - To Be Announced
Attractions/ Experiences - Gordon Morrison, ASVA
Agritourism/ Food & Drink -To Be Announced
15h00 - 15h30 Refreshments and Networking
15h30 - 17h15 The Future of our Visitor Economy
Developing a shared vision for our region and inspiring change.
17h15 Closing Remarks - SSDA Chair
The conference will be followed by an evening dinner (optional, see below to book)
19h00-19h30 - Drinks reception (sponsored by Peebles Hydro)
19h30-22h00 - 3 course evening meal with after dinner speaker (To be announced)
Entertaining, engaging and thought-provoking.
We aim to bring a diverse and inspiring range of speakers and stories to support our sector in the coming year.
Keep an eye on our socials for announcements in the coming weeks
*Special Offer for Dumfries & Galloway delegates*
We would love to see as many of you there as possible, like you, we are trying our best to be green so we are making a bus available* to bring you to and return you from the conference (Day ticket attendees)
If you are interested in this option please register your interest ASAP while booking your ticket on the below link.
*subject to availability and a minimum number of people booking. If minimum numbers are not reached this may be cancelled and be aware you will have to arrange your own transport.
Even better why not join us for dinner and stay overnight?
A sumptuous 3-course dinner and a speaker with of course more opportunities to network with fellow tourism enthusiasts await you.
Please click below to book your evening meal
With a variety of options available and some great conference special rates why not stay over, join us for dinner and enjoy further networking opportunities as well as a special guest speaker to keep you entertained,
We also encourage you to join us for one of our popular FAM (Familiarisation) trips the next day. A chance to learn first-hand about the locations, attractions and accommodations in the region that you can link in with and possibly collaborate with.
How to get to Peebles Hydro?
- EH45 8LX
- Galashiels (18 Miles)
- Edinburgh (27 Miles)
Glasgow (59 Miles)
Where can I park?
Parking is limited on-site, please consider car sharing with fellow delegates.
If parking at the hotel, if the approach road and main car parks are full there is a small overflow ahead as you head for the exit.
Disabled parking is available in front of the hotel entrance and there is a reserved drop-off zone.
Peebles Hydro has a range of adaptions but for more specific information, call on 01764 651 846 (open 8.30 am–8:00 pm Mon-Fri and 9:00 am–6:00 pm Sat-Sun).
Easy-access parking right at the main entrance, and a reserved drop off zone.
The lift is just to the side of the main entrance revolving door, the lift goes up to reception, to the SSDA conference check-in. If you are staying the lift goes to the upper floors as well.
There are large front-facing rooms with wheelchair-accessible bathrooms – including handrails and a seat, also interconnected rooms.
There are accessible toilets near the restaurant.
Peebles Hydro is a dog-friendly hotel, so it goes without saying, guide dogs and hearing dogs are always welcome.
Are there any other transport options?
SSDA will be making a bus available from Dumfries & Galloway, please see transport above for more information.
Public transport is available as follows
- Galashiels (18miles)
- There is a bus stop a 6 minute walk from the road end, where the X62 service stops (Edinburgh - Galashiels)
How do I advise of any dietary requirments?
Please let Morag know ASAP on email@example.com
SSDA is very grateful to all our conference sponsors and supporters.