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Recent Projects

Some of Tourism Resources Company's most recent projects.

Feasibility Study for a Major Visitor Attraction

TRC was asked to look at a major new visitor attraction in West Dunbartonshire to raise the destination’s profile, attract visitors; the development to act as a catalyst for further investment, generating jobs and improving the economic and social conditions within the Council area.

Accommodation Audit relating to the Lews Castle Development Project

TRC were commissioned to carry out a short research study into the serviced tourism accommodation bedstock in Lewis and Harris in light of the Lews Castle development.

Eyemouth Marine Wildlife Centre

TRC were commissioned to investigate the market conditions, opportunities and feasibility of developing a Marine Wildlife Centre. The team was also charged with considering the viability of inclusion of facilities for dive tourism and training.

Interim Review of the Ayrshire & Arran Tourism Strategy

Through an extensive consultation process TRC and EKOS assessed progress on the Strategy approach in the second of a five year plan, identifying what was and was not working effectively, building a picture of achievements thus far against the original strategy and action plans.

Appraisal of the Future Trading Potential of the Titan Crane

TRC undertook a study reviewing the potential future trading patterns of Clydebank’s iconic Titan Crane using a number of different operational scenarios.

City of Edinburgh Accommodation Audit

TRC, commissioned by Edinburgh Tourism Action Group (ETAG) with funding support from Scottish Enterprise (SE), conducted a detailed audit of all tourism accommodation stock in the City of Edinburgh. Leading on from the previous 2006 audit the demand and supply characteristics of the City were updated and our team made strategic recommendations for the City that would potentially help improve quality /business skills and exploit development opportunities for new businesses.TRC, commissioned by Edinburgh Tourism Action Group (ETAG) with funding support from Scottish Enterprise (SE), conducted a detailed audit of all tourism accommodation stock in the City of Edinburgh. Leading on from the previous 2006 audit the demand and supply characteristics of the City were updated and our team made strategic recommendations for the City that would potentially help improve quality /business skills and exploit development opportunities for new businesses.

Six Key Destinations Accommodation Audits

TRC were commissioned by Scottish Enterprise (SE) and Scottish Development International (SDI) to undertake an overview of the commercial tourism accommodation sector across a range of different destinations in Scotland:

  • City of Dundee
  • St Andrews
  • City of Aberdeen
  • Royal Deeside
  • Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park
  • Perthshire

The aim was to provide an up to date database of the stock of bed spaces and trading patterns in each destination.  The consultants were also tasked with assessing the strategic gaps in the current offering and the development opportunities that the accommodation sector offered in helping the various destinations reposition their tourism offering to improve economic performance. It is envisaged that the work will provide valuable information on the sector to inform: current operators; those considering investment in the sector; and the public agencies in evolving strategy and planning responses.

Energetica

Energetica is a development corridor extending from north Aberdeen to Peterhead, linking together key assets such as the Science Parks, Airport, OceanLab and the Port of Peterhead providing opportunities for new investment in infrastructure, leisure and housing.  TRC were involved in the early stages of the concept evolution undertaking auditing of the accommodation and leisure elements within the Corridor and identifying future gaps that could potentially constrain the area’s attractiveness to inward investors and potential relocators to the area.

Ambitious for Tourism Caithness & North Sutherland

Ambitious for Tourism Caithness and North Sutherland was a programme initiative designed by HIE that saw TRC as specialist tourism planners work with the tourism sector and local communities to identify opportunities for businesses and communities to develop and enhance the tourism offering of the area and deliver sustainable change. TRC were commissioned to facilitate a series of workshops and development sessions with all those with a vested interest in the health of the tourism sector at a regional and local level. The aim to open up discussions around the future of tourism in the area across the whole community and establish a spatial plan for development of the sector.

Please see the project’s Facebook page for more detail.

Strategic Review of Scottish Snowsports

TRC recently carried out a Strategic Review of the Scottish Snowsports sector on behalf of the Scottish Government.  The team worked with each of the five Scottish snowsports centres, Snowsport Scotland and Ski-Scotland to understand the key issues facing the industry.  The review demonstrated that despite two good ski seasons, the sector continues to be fragile and requires substantial investment in ski-related infrastructure and continued anhancement of year-round activites for its future sustainability.

Angus Mountain Bike Trail Centre Development

TRC teamed up with EKOS, LUC and Paul Masson to undertake a feasibility study into the development of the proposed mountain bike trail centre in the Angus Glens area. The team are investigating potential market demand, economic impact, environmental implications and physical trail developments.

Big Tree Country

TRC, along with EKOS, were commissioned to undertake an interim evaluation of the Perthshire Big Tree Country (PBTC) Project and to carry out an assessment of the future growth potential.

Dumfries and Galloway Council

TRC are working with Dumfries and Galloway Council and Destination Dumfries and Galloway to develop a clear, achievable Tourism Strategy and Action Plan which will facilitate growth in the D&G tourism sector and its impact on the economy.

Jodrell Bank - Review of Early Win Development Proposal

We recently prepared a short review of the ‘early win’ development proposals for the re-scoping of Jodrell Bank. As part of our critique, TRC reviewed a range of documentation which had been submitted as evidence, as part of the original bid, as well as earlier analysis. In completion of this study, Tourism Resources Company passed comment and presented conclusions on the likely success of the ‘early win’ development proposals.

Sailing Tourism Scotland - Establishing Contribution to the Economy

Tourism Resources Company recently undertook a market intelligence review of the economic contributions that Sailing Tourism in Scotland makes to the national economy. This piece of research was commissioned by Scottish Enterprise; and we partnered EKOS economic consultants with the support of the British Marine Federation. The study is nearing conclusion.

As an experienced research consultancy we have a wide and varied project portfolio which we are only too happy to discuss.

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