Event-full 2015 funding

The UCI Mountain Bike World Cup took place in Fort William on the 6 and 7 June and attracted an estimated 20,000 strong crowd to the region. The event continues to be supported through VisitScotland’s Events directorate funding programme. To find out more about VisitScotland’s Events funding programme please visit

Mountain biking generates £46.5 million for the economy (based on those who come purely for mountain biking). For those that include mountain biking within a trip, their trip expenditure is £119 million.* To tap into this lucrative market why not take a look at Tourism Intelligence Scotland’s guide ‘Mountain Biking Tourism in Scotland’.

From 4-11 July, visitors to Moray will be able to celebrate the history, community and heritage of the area alongside the locals as part of Seafest 2015. The event secured £3,000 funding as part of the second round of events funding as part of Scotland Year of Food and Drink programme.

Designed to help enhance Scotland’s culinary reputation and increase awareness of the country’s rich natural larder, the Year of Food and Drink 2015 is led by VisitScotland, with support from Scotland Food & Drink, on behalf of the Scottish Government. Events can still sign up to the Year of Food and Drink partner programme and benefit from the spin-off promotion of being part of this year-long celebration.

The Highland Council is also offering funding opportunities as part of an Event Innovations Challenge Fund to assist the development of Highland events. The primary purpose of the challenge fund is to support the growth of those events that have the potential to develop from being locally to regionally significant, or even of national importance. The deadline for applications is Friday 17 July 2015, if you would like more information please contact Leona Joiner on 01463 702 955.

Scotland has proved its worth on the world stage as a deliverer of major events and conferences – we continue to exploit that reputation across the world with new events being confirmed every month. Events and conferences don’t just provide entertainment – they represent a multi-million pound opportunity to boost jobs as well as deliver cultural and social benefits.

* ‘Economic Value of Mountain Biking in Scotland’, Scottish Enterprise, 2009

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