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What’s in a month?
Gordon Morrison, CEO, ASVA

A common question I am asked by ASVA members when I meet them on my travels is ‘So, what have you been up to this month?’ It is a legitimate question, as effectively it is our members that pay for me to undertake the role of CEO of ASVA, so it is quite right that they know how I am spending my time and what I am doing for the betterment of the attractions sector in Scotland. I would therefore like to take the opportunity to use this month’s e-zine column to give a snapshot of the last month, sharing some of the activity that I have been involved in as CEO of ASVA.

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Featured News

National Trust for Scotland ready to reveal results of major investment
The National Trust for Scotland launches a series of multi-million pound projects at some of its most popular places this summer.
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First public display of Bonnie Prince Charlie portrait
A portrait of Prince Charles Edward Stuart has gone on general public display for the first time at the National Museum of Scotland.
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Dewar's Aberfeldy Distillery 'goes public' with its Secret Bar
Dewar's Aberfeldy Distillery has opened the doors of its exclusive Secret Bar to corporate bookings for the first time.
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Mount Stuart Trust reveals the past and the present, outside and in
An exhibition revealing rarely seen artefacts from Scotland's best known monarch, and a major outdoor commission from an iconic Scottish artist are set to put The Mount Stuart Trust in the spotlight this summer.
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Launch of The Tay Cities Pass
Two top visitor attractions in Tay Country have teamed up to create, 'The Tay Cities Pass'. With a 20% discount on admission this great value ticket gives visitors access to Discovery Point, Dundee and The Black Watch Castle and Museum, Perth.
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Leading conservation charity reopens the doors
The Scottish Seabird Centre has reopened the doors following the completion of the first stage of their refurbishment and revealed exciting plans to transform their existing Discovery Centre with new exhibits and interactive displays.
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Holyrood Distillery to open in the summer
Due to open in July of this year, Holyrood Distillery will be Edinburgh's first single malt whisky distillery for nearly 100 years, and will also be a significant new visitor attraction in the capital, offering a variety of different experiences as well as evening hospitality options
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News from Loch Katrine
This year marks a special anniversary for Loch Katrine, ahead of a momentous year for the Sir Walter Scott Steamship in 2020. The popular visitor attraction in the Trossachs is also hosting a number of family events.
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One of two final paintings acquired by Hamilton Bequest goes on display at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
The Trustees of the Hamilton Bequest have seen one of their final purchases for Glasgow Museums go on show at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.
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Dundee Science Centre's mission to 'CONNECT' communities
A pioneering network of various 'assisted needs' groups is shaping the future of Dundee Science Centre, as plans for a £2.1M revamp gather speed.
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Harestanes play park is officially opened
One of the most inclusive play parks in the south of Scotland has opened at Harestanes Countryside Visitor Centre.
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CCA Glasgow has launched an exhibition of work by artist Emilia Beatriz.
CCA Glasgow has launched an exhibition of work by artist Emilia Beatriz.
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Highland Chocolatier awarded hat trick by Academy of Chocolate
  A small gourmet chocolatier from the Scottish Highlands has received a hat trick of awards from the Academy of Chocolate. 
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Industry News
from attractionsmanagement.com

Museum Index: Louvre breaks attendance record as Europe continues to lead global museum market
Temporary exhibitions and geopolitical changes continue to serve as key attendance drivers for museums in Europe, which remains the global market leader for attendance in the sector, according to the latest edition of the TEA/AECOM Theme and Museum Index.
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Theme Index: Waterparks continue to flow as global attendance increases among world's elite
Attendance at the world's major waterparks continues to grow, with nearly 31 million people visiting the top waterparks globally in 2018.
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Theme Index: Disney reigns supreme as attendance at major theme parks top 500 million for first time
2018 was a landmark year for the themed entertainment industry, with the latest edition of the TEA/AECOM Theme and Museum Index showing the world's major theme park operators exceeding combined visitor totals of more than 500 million people for the first time ever.
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Kew Gardens opens giant natural play zone
Inspired to encourage children to develop a lasting relationship with plants and nature, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in London is all set to open its giant new Children’s Garden to the public this weekend (18 May).
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17th annual Museums and Heritage awards honour 'innovative and ground-breaking initiatives'
The winners of the Museums + Heritage Awards were announced in London last night (15 May), with museums large and small being honoured and Sir David Attenborough picking up a Special Recognition Award.
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New tourist attraction for Inverness Castle, as LDN Architects appointed to transform site
Inverness Castle in the Scottish Highlands is to be transformed into a tourist attraction that celebrates the Highlands' past, present and future, with LDN Architects, based in Edinburgh and Forres, appointed to work on the project.
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Butlin’s opens 'revolutionary' £40m pool designed by FITCH
Family resort operator Butlin's has launched an art-deco style pool and water attraction at its Bognor Regis resort.
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London's first riverside linear park to feature 'wellness portals'
New York-based architecture firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R) have unveiled the first series of renderings of "The Tide", a linear park planned for London's Greenwich Peninsula.
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EAS gets rebranded as IAAPA Expo Europe - event heads to Paris this September
Registration is now open for the newly-renamed IAAPA Expo Europe (IEE), with this year's European showcase for visitor attractions coming to Paris, France, in September.
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Golden toilet among Cattelan exhibits set for Blenheim Palace
An exhibition of the work of Italian contemporary artist Maurizio Cattelan at Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, UK, is to include the installation of a working 18-carat solid gold toilet.
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ITV Studios reaches IP deal with upcoming London Resort project
London Resort Company Holdings (LRCH) has teamed up with ITV Studios on its multi-billion pound theme park project, announcing a new partnership that will see ITV's world-famous content transformed into unique attractions at the resort when it opens in 2024.
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UK arts and culture is a thriving industry, says report
A new report conducted by the UK’s Centre for Economic and Business Research has found that the country’s arts and culture industry contributes £10.8bn to its economy.
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Job vacancies
from attractionsmanagement.com

Interpretation and Engagement Manager
Chatsworth House
Bakewell, UK

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Children's Garden Hosts
Royal Botanic Gardens Kew
Richmond, UK

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Retail Team Leader (Maternity Cover)
Sea Life
Birmingham, UK

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PR Manager
Merlin Entertainments Group
Chertsey, UK

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Duty Manager
Dinotropolis
Dartford, UK

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ASVA member events

18 May 2019
Arcadia
Location: V&A Dundee
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18-19 May 2019
Storybook Weekend
Location: Culzean Castle & Country Park
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23 May - 20 October 2019
Body Beautiful: Diversity on the Catwalk
Location: National Museum of Scotland
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26 May 2019
Renaissance Lotions and Potions
Location: Linlithgow Palace
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2 June 2019
Country Fair
Location: National Museum of Rural Life
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3 June 2019
Roman Camps in Scotland
John Sinclair House
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7 June 2019
Potfest
Location: Scone Palace
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9 June 2019
Evening Garden Walk
Location: Pitmedden Garden
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Diary dates
from leisurediary.com

03-05 Jun 2019
IAAPA Safety Institute
tbc, Quito, Ecuador
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06 Jun 2019
Swiss Medical Spa & Hospitality Think Tank 2019
Campus Passugg, SSTH, 7062 Passugg, Switzerland
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09-11 Jun 2019
IAAPA Institute for Attractions Managers
tbc, Shanghai, China
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11 Jun 2019
IAAPA Safety Institute
tbc, Shanghai, China
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11-14 Jun 2019
IAAPA Expo Asia 2019
Shanghai New International Expo Center, Shanghai, China
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18 Jun 2019
Next steps for the UK tourism industry post Brexit: skills, growth and delivering a sector deal
Central London, United Kingdom
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25-27 Jun 2019
BALPPA Summer Conference 2019
The Balmer Lawn Hotel and Carey’s Manor Hotel, New Forest, United Kingdom
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04 Jul 2019
National Hotel Marketing Conference
Hilton at St George's Park, Burton-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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15-17 Jul 2019
IAAPA Institute for Attractions Managers
tbc, Manila, Philippines
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06-08 Aug 2019
IAAPA Institute for Attractions Managers
tbc, Sao Paulo, Brazil
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16-19 Sep 2019
IAAPA Expo Europe 2019
Paris Expo Porte de Versailles, Paris, France
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21-24 Sep 2019
ASTC 2019 Annual Conference
Ontario Science Centre, Toronto, Canada
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23-24 Sep 2019
Tourism Symposium 2019
Winter Gardens, Blackpool, United Kingdom
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03 Oct 2019
VAC 2019 (The Annual National Conference of Visitor Attractions)
Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, London, United Kingdom
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