Clan Gathering (Edinburgh 2009)

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January 2009 Newsletter

Learn about The Gathering 2009 in London
On Saturday 28th February, the Who Do You Think You Are? LIVE show will be celebrating the Scots! With Scottish entertainment, and a programme of workshops and lectures with a Celtic flavour, not to mention a host of Scottish exhibitors who will be at the show all weekend, there are some great opportunities to learn more about your Scottish roots.

The Gathering 2009 team can be found at stand 311 at the London Olympia centre from the 27 February – 1 March 2009, come and visit us!

Money, money, money…
Just in case any of you missed it last time, With the dollar growing in strength against the pound we thought we might make a few helpful comparisons for you. Back in January 2007 the exchange rate was $2 to £1, jumping forward to January 2009 and Scotland is now 25% cheaper for US tourists with an exchange rate of $1.50 to £1. This is of course great news for those you looking to dine out in style during your stay in Edinburgh. The superb Malmaison in iconic Leith use to charge $150 dollars for a three course dinner for two including wine, however Gathering 2009 visitors will only be spending $112.50 for the same night out in today’s climate. It doesn’t take a very canny Scotsman to work out that is great value! www.malmaison-edinburgh.co.uk

…and the Euro too!
The Euro is nearly at parity with the pound meaning coming to Scotland for your holidays is now even more appealing! The average price for a pint of Deuchars IPA, Edinburgh’s internationally acclaimed beer, in one of Edinburgh’s historic pubs is £2.80 meaning our European visitors will now only pay €3.10 compared with €4.35 in early 2008. It looks like it is your round! www.caledonian-brewery.co.uk/pub_finder.php

Contributing to these extra savings is the recent reduction in VAT (like sales tax) from 17.5% to 15% so if you’re planning a trip now is the time to come to Scotland.

Win Tickets to The Gathering 2009
The Gathering 2009 has teamed up with Homecoming Scotland 2009 for a competition to win a fantastic prize of a pair of Gold Passports to The Gathering 2009. The prize includes accommodation at top Edinburgh Hotel and return travel within the UK and Ireland. Click through to the Homecoming Scotland 2009 site to enter.

An International Welcome!
We now have 'The Gathering 2009' flyers available for downloading on our website in several languages. Currently we have it available in
English; French; German; Italian; Russian and Spanish. A Gaelic translation will also be available shortly. To download these flyers please visit The Gathering 2009 website

A little reminder...
We aim to make the event as inclusive as possible. We have limited wheelchair spaces and ground level seating available for those with mobility difficulties at the Pageant. It is essential that you let us know well in advance of the event if you require one of these places so we can make the necessary arrangements, if we do not have prior notice it may not be possible to accommodate you on the night.

Please email info@thegathering2009.com to let us know, if you have not already informed us on your Passport booking form.

The Gathering 2009 Promotion

Scottish Tourist Guides Association
2009 marks a special celebratory year for Scotland and everyone is invited!
Meet fellow clansmen from around the world, perhaps a second cousin thrice removed! You don’t have to toss the caber or dance a Highland Fling, just enjoy the warmth of our hospitality!

Book a fully qualified and insured Scottish Tourist Guide to take you on a voyage of discovery. The STGA is working in partnership with EventScotland and we will customise tours to your requirements, half-day, full-day or extended. We offer 19 different languages. www.stga.co.uk

Contact us: bookings@stga.co.uk or telephone 44 (0)1786 451953.

Bring your camera and your own little clan, you may never experience anything like this again!



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