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A message from Paul Bush

Director of Events, Paul Bush OBE, reflects on the year, providing a few key thoughts on the Scottish events industry’s road to recovery and how the sector came together in the face of the pandemic.

Spotlight on 2020

  • A co-ordinated response to COVID-19

    2020 was a year like no other but despite the challenges, a lot was set up and delivered to ensure Scotland’s events industry remained strong. We reflect on some of the work delivered by VisitScotland’s Events Directorate in collaboration with a range of partners.

  • Events pivot during the pandemic

    Event organisers across Scotland demonstrate their creativity and ingenuity through reimagining their events in light of COVID-19.

  • Scotland delivers for golf

    Scotland’s commitment to staging world-class golf events shone through as the country hosted four events in 2020, delivering media value on a global stage as well as supporting a number of initiatives closer to home.

  • 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships

    In less than three years' time, Glasgow and Scotland will welcome the cycling world to our shores for the biggest single global cycling event in history - the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships - and this year has seen key milestones marked and key appointments made for the event.

  • The voice for renewal

    As 2020 is coming to an end, the Business Events team look to the future, and to what a renewed and redefined industry should mean to society.

  • Year of Coasts and Waters in review

    Find out how the Year of Coasts and Waters adapted to the challenges of COVID-19, including partnership working and highlighting the role our waters can play in Scotland’s recovery.

  • Looking ahead to the future

    There is still uncertainty on how long it will take before the pandemic shifts from a globally destructive force to a footnote in history, however what is certain is that events will, and are planned to return. Their survival will be a key part of Scotland’s recovery from COVID-19.