The global social media spotlight will be on Inverness next week when nearly 50 of the world's top travel bloggers arrive for a social media conference.
The Social Travel Summit, this year sponsored by VisitBritain and held in the UK for the first time, brings together popular travel bloggers and the travel industry to explore trends and insights on online travel marketing.
Bloggers from 17 countries including China, France, Germany, India, the Netherlands and the USA will be attending the summit, held from 19 - 21 September and organized by travel network iambassador. The bloggers will also have the chance to see the best of ‘destination Britain' and share these travel experiences with their social media followers during pre and post event trips.
VisitBritain/VisitEngland Chief Executive Sally Balcombe said:
"We know the powerful role social media plays in promoting Britain to overseas visitors so we're thrilled to be bringing this summit here for the first time. I look forward to seeing some fantastic content created by the world's top bloggers as they tour the country, sharing their stories online and inspiring more visitors to book a trip to Britain."
VisitScotland Chief Executive Malcolm Roughead said:
"For Inverness to host the first Social Travel Summit to be held in Great Britain is a fantastic achievement for the Highland capital. The digital domain plays a hugely important role in reaching potential and returning visitors and the tourism industry needs to embrace new ways of working to succeed in a competitive global market."
Social media is at the heart of VisitBritain's domestic and international #OMGB ‘Home of Amazing Moments' campaigns which showcase the incredible experiences that can only be had on a trip in Britain. The campaign invites people to share their amazing UK travel experiences using the hashtag #OMGB (Oh My GREAT Britain), which will also be used by the travel bloggers attending the summit.
Figures from last year's Social Travel Summit held in Hamburg show that more than 500 images and blog posts were created during the summit and shared globally, reaching an estimated four million people.
Research by VisitBritain shows the influence social media has in positioning Britain as a destination of choice for international visitors, offering unparalleled opportunities to engage directly with potential visitors in a timely way, with the right messages, demonstrating an understanding of their world and motivations for travel.
Last year set a record for inbound tourism to Britain on visits and spend with 36.1 million visits, 5% up on 2014, and spending up 1% to £22.1 billion.
Notes to Editors:
• The Social Travel Summit is sponsored by VisitBritain with substantial support from VisitInvernessLochNess and VisitScotland
• For more information on #OMGB ‘Home of Amazing Moments': https://www.visitbritain.org/great-britain-home-amazing-moments-campaign
Quotes from some of the top bloggers attending the 2016 Social Travel Summit (for press use):
• Landlopers blogger Matt Long (USA) said:
"The Social Travel Summit is always a fantastic opportunity to meet with like-minded peers and learn from them in a collaborative environment. I'm thrilled that the conference is being held in Inverness this year - it's one of my favourite destinations in Britain and an ideal place from which to launch a great trip around the country."
Voyages etc. blogger Adeline Gressin (France) said:
"As a professional travel blogger and co-founder of the French travel blogger collective I can't wait to be inspired by the latest social media travel trends and ideas at the summit in Inverness. Britain has so much to offer travellers with its vibrant culture, amazing people, fantastic food and breath-taking landscapes."
· Travel Dudes blogger Melvin Bocher (Germany) said:
"The Social Travel Summit is the most important conference for professional travel bloggers and influencers as it provides invaluable opportunities to network and connect with leaders in digital travel marketing. Our job is to inspire our audiences to travel and so Scotland, with its stunning landscapes, is an ideal location for this event."
· The Shooting Star blogger Shivya Nath (India) said:
"The moment I heard that the 2016 Social Travel Summit is being held in the Scottish Highlands, I knew I had to be part of it. Networking with the travel blogging industry while exploring dreamy countryside landscapes - I can't think of a better way to take my work as a travel blogger to the next level."
For more information contact:
VisitBritain Media Teampressandpr@visitbritain.com