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Buyer FAQs

If your question cannot be answered by these FAQs, please contact the VisitScotland Connect 2024 Team and a member of the team will be happy to assist.

Event Registration

When does the event take place?

VisitScotland Connect 2024 will be taking place at the P&J Live Aberdeen on April 17 and 18. 

  • Wednesday, April 17 from 09:00-17:00 BST 

  • Thursday, April 18 from 09:00-15:30 BST 

Who can take part in this event?

Intermediaries such as tour operators, wholesalers, travel agents, travel advisors and DMCs can register their interest to attend. For an intermediary (buyer) to be accepted to attend, they will need to be a product developer or contractor. 

The event will continue to reflect our focus on responsible tourism, we will be inviting buyers who have a focus on developing new/extended responsible tourism products. 

The event encourages and supports responsible tourism development. Approved Buyers will have a focus on developing new/extended responsible tourism products. 

Buyer spaces are limited and registrations are subject to VisitScotland approval.

How do I register?

Please submit your buyer registration via the link on our event website. Register with a new username and password. Previous credentials will have expired. Spaces are limited and we encourage you to secure your space early.

Fill in the registration form including contact details, company name and your Buyer profile. Your registration will be reviewed by our Market Team and approved if you fulfil the participation criteria detailed above. 

Who will I meet at this event?

Scottish tourism businesses that are offering a tourism product that can be contracted at trade rates. Eligible businesses will either be based in Scotland or have a Scottish office. Registrations are subject to approval for Scottish tourism businesses. 

Suppliers will be seated at numbered desks and Buyers will move around the room to join their meetings. 


How much does it cost to attend?

There is no registration fee for buyers to attend VisitScotland Connect 2024. 

What if I don't qualify to attend?

You can schedule 1:1 online meetings with your respective VisitScotland Market Managers to discuss your needs and further support.

Event Days & Meeting Schedules

My event registration was approved. What should I do next?

Your meeting diary will open in early 2024 for you to request 1:1 meetings with Suppliers. Buyers must keep up to date with e-mails received from EventsAir or VisitScotland Connect 2024 to ensure they are aware of all reminders and actions. Once Suppliers are approved you can download the latest supplier list via the Actions tab in the Buyer portal. 

Please get in touch with your Market Manager if you need support in finding the right contacts to meet. 

How many meeting diaries are there?

There is one meeting diary per Buyer.

How long is one meeting?

Every meeting is scheduled to last 12 minutes. There will be additional free meeting slots available. Breaks will also be built into the event schedule. The event programme will be made available in due course.

How do I schedule a meeting?

Both Buyers and Scottish Suppliers can request meetings in the Meeting Diary portal. You will receive an e-mail with further instructions on how to request and accept meetings with Suppliers.

Can I meet someone from a Market Team?

Yes, Buyers can  drop by the VisitScotland desk to speak to a Market Manager, but we recommend Buyers use their time to meet with Scottish Suppliers. Market teams will reach out on a case by case basis to request meetings and will be in contact with Buyers after the event to help with follow-ups.

Will you offer fam trips to Buyers and how can I take part in this?

Yes, as part of VisitScotland Connect 2024 a fam trip programme will be offered to eligible Buyers. Please note that spaces are limited and not every Buyer attending VisitScotland Connect 2024 will be offered a space on a fam trip.

Will there be a networking dinner I can take part in?

Yes, as part of VisitScotland Connect 2024 there will be a networking dinner on Wednesday 17th April.  

How many meetings should I book?

In order to meet as many Suppliers as possible, we would suggest that you aim to book a full diary of meetings on both days. There will be over 150 Suppliers in attendance, and you could have up to 24 meetings a day.

Will there be additional free flow meetings?

Time slots before and after lunch and networking breaks are available for free flow meetings. During the free flow meetings, you can drop by and meet with Suppliers at their workshop table on a first come first served basis without prior arrangements. You will not be able to pre-book meetings in the Meeting Diary at this time.

What additional content will be available as part of this event?

There will be an app launched in the lead up to the event.

More information on the full VisitScotland Connect 2024 event programme will be shared shortly.

Can Buyers meet with other buyers?

Yes, Buyers can request a meeting with another Buyer. We recommend that Buyers use meeting slots to meet with Scottish Suppliers and catch up with other Buyers during breaks.

Will there be Wi-Fi?

There will be access to free public Wi-Fi at the venue.