International Mountain Biking Conference returns to Scottish Highlands

Running from November 22nd to 24th, the International Mountain Biking Conference will return to the Scottish Highlands.

Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland (DMBinS), in partnership with Cairngorms National Park Authority and the Scottish Government, are to put on the annual meet at the Macdonald Highland Resort in Aviemore, where discussions will centre on developing cycle tourism and business.

Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop, who will be addressing the conference, highlighted the importance that Scottish Government places on an industry that’s emerging as a significant draw for the country.

Fiona said: “Mountain biking is an excellent example of a rapidly growing sector that presents real opportunities for Scotland. Our well managed great outdoors – and our forest trails in particular – mean that we are well positioned as a premier mountain biking destination, attracting both locals and visitors alike.

“I am looking forward to addressing the International Mountain Bike Conference in November this year. This will provide a great opportunity to further highlight the importance of mountain biking in Scotland and its drive in increasing tourism throughout the country.”

Earlier this year it was revealed that Cycling Scotland places a conservative value on the segment of over £500 million per year. 

Titled ‘Future Proofing The Trail Ahead, three days of talks will build in announcements on the future development aid for businesses, media trips to flag the cycle tourism the region offers, as well as environmental objectives to be met. Talks on creating a sustainable future as part of the Scottish MTB National Strategic Framework 2019 – 2025 will also feature heavily.

It is expected that the event will pull an audience of around 300 delegates from around the globe, comprising those from tourism businesses, land management, local authorities, public sector agencies, cycling organisations and academics.

David Watson, Economic Development Manager, Cairngorms National Park Authority, said: “We are delighted to be able to host the Scottish Mountain Bike Conference 2018 with DMBinS. The Cairngorms National Park is recognised as one of the premiere destinations for mountain biking in Scotland with such a wide variety of exceptionally beautiful routes. We are proud to be involved in this Conference to showcase how a wide variety of partnerships are delivering and improving mountain biking in Scotland. We are keen to investigate ways to create a sustainable future for the sport.

“With the area’s combination of attractions, its mountain biking credentials and the level of support available from partners, we are confident that the Highlands will deliver an exceptional conference.”

Tickets are to go on sale at early-bird rates from early August.