The National Events Conference on Monday is set to host an ‘amazing’ line-up of speakers, according to organisers.
The biannual event – staged by EventScotland – boasts an array of eminent events experts including Canadian research guru David Colleto, who will participate in a discussion about the changing nature of events and festivals due to the ‘Millenials’ effect.
This year’s event is fully titled ‘National Events Conference: Setting the Stage for 2025’ and will focus on the future of events in Scotland after a hugely successful decade in which the Commonwealth Games and the Ryder Cup were staged.
The Conference takes place on Monday 27 November at the Technology & Innovation Centre in Glasgow; demand for delegate places has been high according to EventScotland, which is also using an innovative networking software so attendees can hook up with each other on the day.
The industry conference is aimed at Scottish event organisers and will welcome around 300 delegates and speakers, as key industry figures gather to explore some of the challenges the industry may be facing.
Confirmed speakers at the event include keynote speaker David Coletto from Abacus Data, who will provide invaluable insight into the millennial generation.
Joining him will be Secretary for Culture, Tourism & External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop MSP, VisitScotland’s Director of Events, Paul Bush OBE, keynote speaker, Lord Thurso, Chairman of VisitScotland, as well as Jean Cameron, Paisley 2021 bid director, Leonie Bell, Scottish Government’s Head of Cultural Engagement and Culture Strategy, Philip Long, Director of Dundee V&A, Malcolm Sutherland, Director of Loch Ness Marathon & Festival of Running, and The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo Chief Executive and Chair of Events and Festivals Industry Group (EFIG), Brigadier David Allfrey MBE.
Hosting the day will be one of the country’s rapidly rising stars in sports broadcasting, Eilidh Barbour.
Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland’s Director of Events, said: “I’m really excited for this year’s National Events Conference. We have a fantastic programme with an amazing line-up of speakers from across all areas of the events industry who will share their expertise and insights into the current state of the Scottish events industry and how we can continue to build a strong future to ensure Scotland remains the perfect stage for events.
“With two insightful plenary sessions, 11 informative breakout session and plenty of opportunities to network with colleagues, there is a lot on offer for delegates attending. It promises to be a great day.”