Tourism minister set for BII event

Trade invited to ‘take a fresh look’ at organisation

• Stephen McGowan said BII Scotland offers a host of member benefits.

TOURISM minister Fergus Ewing will speak about the future of Scotland’s hospitality industry at this year’s BII Scotland AGM in Glasgow next month.

Ewing will deliver the keynote address at the event, which takes place on November 11 at the Grosvenor Cinema and Cafe on Ashton Lane at 1.45pm.
This year’s AGM will be anchored around a trade show featuring representatives from companies and organisations, including accountancy, stock-taking, law, security and insurance firms, which offer discounts to BII members.
The event will also showcase the ‘new look’ BII Scotland, which is said to have undergone “significant change” in recent months.
Stephen McGowan, chair of BII Scotland, said he wants people from across the trade to “take a fresh look” at the organisation.
“Tim Hulme, the chief executive, has created a new vision for BII,” McGowan told SLTN.
“In Scotland we’ve done a lot to make our region the most progressive and lead the way. We’ve got a young council which I think is more reflective of the trade.
“We’re moving towards membership being assessed against best practice criteria, which I think is a significant move in the right direction.
“We’re also starting the process to move towards chartered status so BII will become a chartered institute like that for accountants or engineers. It will take time but I think that’s another significant step.
“This year’s AGM is an open day for BII Scotland so people from across the trade can come along and see what it’s about and what it can do for them. I’d like people to come along and take a fresh look at BII Scotland.”