VisitScotland's Partnerships directorate's remit is to develop and maintain direct relations with a wide range of partners, with the main aim of making sure that tourism is seen as an important and valuable industry for Scotland. It does this through influencing a range of partners and stakeholders including tourism businesses, industry bodies, including Destination Management Organisations and local authorities.


There are two departments in this directorate:

Information and Quality Department The Department is responsible for the operational delivery of VisitScotland’s Quality Assurance scheme and also offers support and advice to a mixed audience of tourism businesses. The VisitScotland iCentre network is part of the department and aims to provide excellent customer service and inspired information to visitors. They work closely with both private and public sector partners around Scotland to deliver this service and make best use of VisitScotland’s core asset - a team of experienced and enthusiastic staff.
Strategic Partnerships Department The Strategic Partnerships department is responsible for the development of VisitScotland’s engagement with industry and key stakeholders across the visitor economy.  This includes development of the future direction of the organisation’s approach to services and supporting achievement of the Tourism 2020 strategy targets, as well as VisitScotland’s corporate objectives around Quality and Sustainability, and Working in Partnership.

Director of Partnerships – Riddell Graham


Riddell started working in tourism in 1978 as assistant tourist officer with Borders Council and then through the ranks and a host of related jobs to Chief Executive of Scottish Borders Tourist Board, a post he held from 1996 to 2005.

He joined VisitScotland in April 2005 as Director of Strategy, Partnership and Communication, responsible for helping to shape the Scottish Executive's Tourism Strategy for Scotland, developing and enhancing partnerships locally and nationally with key industry and public sector organisations and bodies. He took up his current role as Director of Partnerships in June 2010.


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Riddell is based at:


Ocean Point One

94 Ocean Drive



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