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This month the Port of Aberdeen's South Harbour welcomed its first cruise ship, the 202m long AIDAaura. As passengers disembarked and set off to explore the City and Shire, the welcome offered by our volunteers, transport providers, retailers, cafés, restaurants and attractions was truly representative of the best of the North-east. A lot of hard work has gone on behind the scenes to bring this step change in cruise ship arrivals to fruition. It’s a great start, and we look forward to welcoming thousands of more visitors throughout the season.
The Aberdeen City and Shire Thistle Awards are now open for entries - make sure to submit your entry to be considered for the 2023 awards! We also share details of how to register for the opportunity to receive tailored one to one advice on gathering and analysing your customer data, as well as our next local networking meeting which will take place at Castleton Farm on Wednesday 3 May.
In this update we share the success of our second annual media reception at Scotland House in London, join us to learn about creating an inclusive welcome to all visitors and submit your nominations for the 2023 Aberdeen City & Shire Thistle Awards.
In our March newsletter we share details of our spring campaign, designed to attract visitors over the Easter period and beyond, and a campaign highlighting the range of adventure tourism experiences available in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire through a content partnership with Active Traveller magazine. We also share details of our upcoming workshops this month, which focus on the topics of digital marketing, sustainability, working with the travel trade and inclusive tourism.
In our latest update you will find upcoming dates for our Industry Development Programme workshops and webinars designed to help you develop your business skills and market knowledge to become more competitive and resilient. We also share details of our new marketing opportunities initiative that provides you with a range of paid-for channels to reach thousands of engaged and enthusiastic prospective visitors.
In our latest newsletter we share details of a variety of in-person and virtual workshops coming up in February and March, covering topics on digital marketing, sustainability, inclusive tourism, working with the travel trade and the latest insights on UK traveller attitudes. We also share details of our latest local networking meetings and events delivered by North East Adventure Tourism and Business Gateway.
We start 2023 with a bumper newsletter as our industry development programme really hits its stride with a packed programme of webinars, workshops and one-to-one advice opportunities for local tourism businesses between now and Easter. Discover our upcoming events, networking meetings and more in our latest newsletter.
As 2022 draws to a close, we are delighted to see Aberdeenshire listed as best place to visit in 2023 by Good Housekeeping magazine. In this newsletter, we share details of our upcoming webinars and workshops in early 2023 and the results of our last Quarterly Business Monitor, as well as opportunities from other organisations. Do look out for our next Quarterly Business Monitor survey in early January - your feedback is invaluable in painting a picture of the current state of tourism in the area and helping us plan our activity.
This month's update includes details of upcoming webinars and workshops in our industry development programme, the opening of applications for the 2023 Game Changer Programme for Tourism Businesses, the launch of our innovative 'Know Your Destination' online training modules and the return of our local industry networking events.