7stanes CIC, Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland and Visit Scotland are to host two sessions on how to benefit from influx of cycle tourists

Scottish organisations link to create cycle tourism workshop

Businesses local to the many new trails and visitor centres in Scotland are to benefit from sessions on how to make the most of cycle tourism.

7stanes CIC, Visit Scotland and Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland (DMBinS) are working in partnership with local destination marketing groups, Tweed Valley Tourist Consortium and Destination Dumfries and Galloway, to host two Mountain Biking Workshops for tourism and cycling businesses. Whether you own a bed and breakfast, bike shop, cafe or manage a hotel this workshop is designed for you.

The planned workshops will give attendees an insight into the key visitor markets, information on the new visitor centres at Glentress and Kirroughtree, as well as on new and upgraded trails, local events and practical steps for businesses to follow. There will also be the opportunity to hear from experienced individuals in the mountain biking market who will share their secrets on how to attract mountain bike visitors.

Mandy Layden, development manager for the 7stanes CIC, said: “We have a world class product on our doorstep which is consistently in the top five visitor attractions across the South of Scotland. We know many businesses that have grown by successfully accommodating mountain bikers and with the activity continuing to grow we hope to encourage more businesses across the South of Scotland to offer a world class welcome.”

The workshops will be held at:
Glentress – Tuesday 28th January from 09.30 – 13.15
Kirroughtree – Wednesday 29th January from 09.30 – 13.15
Both workshops will be followed by the one hour taster session on the 7stanes trails at Glentress & Kirroughtree – all abilities welcome.

The workshops cost £20 per person which includes lunch, light refreshments and if needed, bikes and cycling equipment will be supplied free of charge.

Bookings can be made here: www.DMBinS.com/developing

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