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Co-op Travel brand to disappear in Thomas Cook deal

Holiday firm Thomas Cook is to buy out its high street travel agent partner in a move that will see the Co-operative Travel brand disappear from the high street.

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Brad Stevens is the founder and chief executive of Bar Soba. Picture: Contributed

Growth on menu as Bar Soba lands £3m funding deal

A bar and restaurant chain that began life as a pop-up venture at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe is embarking on a major expansion after securing a multi-million-pound investment.

Business events represent 20% of all tourism spending in Scotland. Picture: Greg Macvean

Event focuses on potential of Scottish business tourism

Innovation and the potential of Scotland’s £1.3 billion accessible tourism market are among the topics under discussion at a business tourism event today in Glasgow.

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Broadcaster Robbie Shepherd stood down from presenting 'Take The Floor' on Radio Scotland in September.

Robbie Shepherd honoured at Scots Trad Music Awards

Robbie Shepherd, one of the most distinctive voices in Scottish broadcasting for more than three decades, was given a special honour at the nation’s annual “trad music” Oscars.
The Scottish Government is ploughing an extra �90,000 to provide the curtain-raiser to the 70th anniversary of the Edinburgh International Festival and Festival Fringe in 2017. Photograph: Steven Scott Taylor

Let there be lights – and lasers – at Hogmanay tribute to 70th Festival

The 70th birthday celebrations of the Edinburgh Festival are to be heralded at the climax of the capital’s Hogmanay festivities, organisers revealed today.

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Kasia Hetman, visitor services adviser at the VisitScotland i-Centre at Edinburgh Airport. Photograph: Colin Hattersley

Tourists in line for warmer welcome as VisitScotland customer service recognised

Tourism body VisitScotland has been accredited by a globally recognised customer service training scheme to help strengthen the welcome offered to tourists north of the Border.

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Red deer graze in Glen Etive. More overseas investors are being attracted to the Highlands as the pound has fallen in value. Photograph: Jane Barlow/PA

Highland hotels boom on back of Brexit vote

The hotel market in the Highlands is booming on the back of increasing interest from investors in the wake of the Brexit vote, according to commercial property experts.

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Ian Russell is stepping down as chairman of Johnston Press. Picture: Contributed

Johnston Press chairman Ian Russell standing down

Media group Johnston Press today said that chairman Ian Russell has decided to step down from the board due to an “acute illness” in his family.

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The Scottish Engineering report found most parts of the sector were enjoying an uplift. Picture: Jon Savage

Scottish business wire: Engineers | Semefab | Golf

Catch up with the main breaking business stories of the day.

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From left: TSI Groove & Sports president Manabu Senza, Links trust chief executive Euan Loudon, TSI chairman Masahiko Miyake and Links commercial director Danny Campbell. Picture: St Andrews Links

St Andrews Links tees up clothing deal with Japan’s TSI

The trust responsible for the seven links courses at the home of golf has signed a global clothing agreement with a Japanese clothing group.

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Elior UK has landed a ten-year contract extension with Scottish Rugby. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

Caterer wins extension for deal at BT Murrayfield

Scottish Rugby has signed a contract that will see caterer Elior UK continue to provide corporate hospitality, conference and event and matchday catering at the BT Murrayfield stadium.

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Revolution Bars Group currently has 65 venues across its estate. Picture: Greg Macvean

Revolution Bars grows in size north of the Border

The company behind the the Revolución de Cuba brand has opened four bars as part of its plans to launch five new sites per financial year.

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Rooney Anand is chief executive of Greene King, which owns Dunbar-based brewer Belhaven. Picture: Contributed

Bumper sales but Greene King faces new year hangover

Belhaven owner Greene King has vowed to “take advantage of circumstances” should Brexit prompt a crisis of confidence that cuts into consumer spending similar to that following the financial crisis.

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The statue of the police chief and his wife will be a centrepiece of the exhibition.

Treasures found in police chief's ancient tomb to be showcased in Edinburgh

Dozens of treasures discovered in an Egyptian tomb built for a police chief and his wife 3300 years ago are set to go on display in Edinburgh.

Royal Salutes at Stirling Castle. Picture: Lisa Ferguson.

Stirling Castle named Scotland’s best visitor attraction

Stirling Castle has claimed the title of Scotland’s Best Visitor Attraction at the inaugural 2016 Scottish and Outdoor Leisure Awards.

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The team at Bruce Stevenson will offer a range of services to HIT Scotland. Picture: Cate Gillon

Bruce Stevenson brokers hospitality charity sponsorship

Insurance broker Bruce Stevenson is sponsoring an initiative aimed at nurturing talent across Scotland’s hospitality sector.

T in the Park has been cancelled in 2017 after two troubled years at Strathallan.

Loss of T in the Park 'would be a victory for neds'

The permanent loss of T in the Park, Scotland’s biggest music festival, will be “a victory for neds and nimbys”, according to one of the nation’s leading promoters.
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Dundee's new waterfront V&A museum is expected to be at the heart of any bid to become European City of Culture in 2023.

SNP warns Dundee's European culture capital bid is threatened by Brexit

The Scottish Government has demanded clarity over whether Dundee will be able to press ahead with a bid to be crowned European Capital of Culture.

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T in the Park has been dogged by problems since it was forced to relocate to Strathallan.

T in the Park set to quit Strathallan as organisers plot new event in Glasgow

Scotland’s biggest music festival is set to be effectively relocated to Glasgow after problems marred the event at its controversial new site in Perthshire.
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Dougie MacLean has staged his own festival in his native Perthshire for the last 12 years.

New blow for Perthshire as Dougie MacLean cancels his own festival in 2017

Perthshire has lost a second major festival in the space of a week after singer-songwriter Dougie Maclean confirmed he was shelving his annual event.

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