19 May 2017

Your weekly round-up of SPAA news - including the President's remarks, coming events and all the latest product and people news from our Associate Members ... be sure to scroll down!

From the President

Quizzes, Research and Heading for the Roaring 20's!

We are currently doing the rounds of Scotland with the quiz heats and 'face to face' Member/Associate lunches. So far, we have visited Glasgow and Edinburgh and had some very interesting feedback.

Competition has been healthy at the quiz heats - only Aberdeen left next week and then we will have all our finalists! We have had great support and prizes on offer from our sponsors - so many thanks to KLM/Air France, Scenic & Emerald Waterways and Classic Collection!

SPAA are in the process of launching a market research initiative - to try and get a handle on 'influences on' and 'barriers to' travel. It's an initiative that we have been thinking about and planning for some time, but now we are about to put it into practice. 

So far some great feedback and suggestions from Members and Associates alike as to the kind of things that we should be researching : effects/influence of social media on destinations etc. 

Sometimes the market seems to hit a barrier (it's a wee bit like that out there at the moment for leisure) and it would be helpful to get a handle on what is causing it - the economy; the forthcoming election; exchange rates or maybe the threat of terrorism?   

If you are reading this and you have any questions relating to the Scottish travel market that you think might be relevant, then please feel free to send your suggestions to Janice Hogarth at

Next big SPAA event is the Summer Ball on 29th June, in a fabulous venue - the Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh. Again with the help of our headline sponsors, it promises to be a classic night.

The Great Gatsby theme seems to have everyone talking about what to wear, but please don't panic - if you get stuck, classic black tie still passes for the roaring 20's era!

There will be some great prizes for those of you who are prepared to be a little more adventurous and creative!

So glad rags at the ready - hope to see you all there!

Alan Glen SPAA President
19 May 2017 

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Join the Caribbean Tourism Organization and partners for an informative evening of networking, fun and a chance to  win great prizes including a pair of British Airways flights to the Caribbean.

* 22 May - Edinburgh 
Venue: The Principal Edinburgh, 19-21 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2PB

* 23 May - Glasgow 
Venue: The Grand Central Hotel, 99 Gordon Street, Glasgow, G1 3SF 

We kick off the events at 6:00pm and close at 9.30pm.

For further details email or call 020 8948 0057.

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SPAA Great Gatsby Charity Summer in the City Event 2017  

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    Thursday 29th June at the Balmoral Hotel - Edinburgh         
There could not be a better time for you to relax and enjoy yourself than at the ever popular Charity Summer in the City Event.

The Balmoral Hotel is such a great venue that we decided to create a Great Gatbsy theme for the evening. The Dress code is therefore to suit the occasion which would include a dinner suit/striped blazer or similar for the men and flapper type outfit for the ladies

There will be prizes for the best dressed lady and gentleman   

The event is generously being sponsored this year by our headline sponsors Fred. Olsen Cruises, Delta Air Lines & Virgin Atlantic and Edinburgh Airport.

The evening will start at 1830 with a pre dinner drinks reception courtesy of Travelport and dancing and entertainment thanks to Classic Collection Holidays. 

There will be a charity raffle in aid of Mary's Meals with great star prizes of tickets for Transatlantic flights and a 5 night cruise

Book Your places now by contacting

£125 + VAT for Non Associates
£95 + VAT for Members and Associates