Cityscapes showcase at the ACE Convention, Edinburgh
Time for another trip to Scotland, this time for the Association of Cultural Enterprises annual Convention, trade show, and dinner. This year the location was Edinburgh, one of my favourite places to visit. So many fabulous visitor attractions crammed together, and visitor attractions are my speciality!
Arriving at Waverley station, I checked out the Visit Scotland Tourist Information Centre to view our recently-delivered customised Edinburgh range which was on display right opposite the main entrance. Looking good!
After a quick set-up at the venue, there was a welcome drinks reception at The Fruitmarket Gallery on Market Street, a chance to do some pre-show networking, view the gallery exhibits and gift shop, and fill up on the warm canapes. Didn’t really need dinner after that…
Next day at the show, Cityscapes showed their enduring popularity with museums and tourist attractions, with buyers flocking for information and some even starting on their design briefs – think of up to 15 features of your location – they can be anything at all. Some buyers are now commissioning Historyscapes to tell their story, including features such as portraits and timelines. Others are focusing on the key features of their amazing buildings, such as York Minster.
The annual dinner that evening was held in the stunning surroundings of the main atrium in the National Museum of Scotland, one of the UK’s top visitor attractions.
After Day 2 of the show, I managed to visit some of our other customers in the city, Edinburgh Museums & Galleries and the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, who are stocking a wooden Magnet, Keyring and Brooch of Greyfriars Bobby as part of the Talented Edinburgh range.
There was just enough time to go and see Greyfriars Bobby himself before catching the train home. People had put flowers on his grave and an assortment of sticks as a doggy tribute.
I love it in Edinburgh, especially when the sun is shining. Next dedicated trade show is Museums & Heritage, at Olympia, 17-18 May. Till next time!