LONDON, June 4, 2014 – AlliedPRA, Inc., a global leader in the destination management company (DMC) sector, announces the opening of AlliedPRA Scotland in Edinburgh as shared by Robert Patterson, chief operating officer and chief financial officer of AlliedPRA. The news comes on the heels of the AlliedPRA Hawaii and AlliedPRA Portugal offices earlier this year, as well as the new partnership with Cantrav Destination Services in Canada, continuing the strategic growth momentum by AlliedPRA. The AlliedPRA Scotland office will service the various regions of Scotland, as well as Ireland to cover a broad range of destination offerings, as an extension of the existing AlliedPRA United Kingdom operations. Known as one of the most beautiful areas in Europe, Scotland is a truly inspiring conference destination. Edinburgh is an attractive, historic city that combines its heritage with vibrant, modern facilities and first-class services, presenting conference organisers with a unique opportunity to host a highly professional and memorable event in an absolutely stunning city.
Heading up the AlliedPRA Scotland destination is Managing Director Gillian Rae, providing over 18 years of industry operational and management experience in the incentive and groups sector of the travel market. She has worked within both boutique conference and meeting companies, as well as large global travel organizations. Most recently she headed up and managed the UK division of the Pacific World division of TUI serving on the management board. Rae has been entrusted with the responsibility of firmly establishing AlliedPRA Scotland as the premier DMC operator in the region.
With world-class hotels and venues, such as the award-winning Edinburgh International Conference Centre, an international airport only eight miles from the city and ease of travel throughout the area, with most venues and attractions within walking distance, it is clear as to why Edinburgh has earned its place as the world’s most popular UK conference city after London. The city enjoy thriving arts and festivals, internationally renowned galleries and museums, royal castles and palaces. Surrounded by lush green landscapes and a breathtaking shoreline, Edinburgh offers endless possibilities for activities, tours, and unique events. In recent reports, Edinburgh was identified as the most attractive city for hotel investments in the UK with nearly 1,500 additional rooms coming on-stream. The city was ranked first in a ‘value for money’ survey of ten world-class conference destinations commissioned by VistiBritain. It was also voted Favourite UK City for the 13th consecutive year in Guardian/Observer Travel awards.
“The opening of AlliedPRA Scotland continues the strategic path AlliedPRA is committed to in responding to the growing global needs of our valued client base,” commented Patterson. “Our company has seen an increased demand for programmes in Scotland and the opening of this location will allow our team to optimally service this specific market demand. We are set to steadily expand our operations on a world-wide scale over the next several months to ensure we continue to develop our well-known quality DMC services in every region our clients operate programmes. Gillian is a perfect addition to our management team to meet this goal by bringing a wealth of DMC experience. She is amongst the most highly-regarded DMC professionals in Scotland and we welcome her to the AlliedPRA team.”
“I am delighted to be a part of the AlliedPRA management team where I can share my experience and skills to build upon the enviable reputation for excellence earned by AlliedPRA in the delivery of quality, client-focused incentive programmes for the international market,” shared Rae.
One of the most recognized and notable international destination management companies, AlliedPRA offers clients the same unsurpassed quality independent of which AlliedPRA office they do business with. AlliedPRA offices provide a full range of destination management services ranging from unique special events to complex transportation solutions, team building programs, sightseeing tours, meetings, incentives, conventions, and events.
Founded in 1981, AlliedPRA is a leading global destination management and event planning company with a reach across three continents, 7 countries and over 100 destinations, serving the most respected companies in every major industry sector. For information on the complete portfolio of international destination management services, please email: Gillian.Rae@AlliedPRA, contact AlliedPRA Scotland at +44 (0) 131 560 1032 or visit www.AlliedPRA.com.
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AlliedPRA’s European destinations are France, Italy, Monaco, Spain, Portugal and the United Kingdom. AlliedPRA’s Middle Eastern destination is located in Dubai. AlliedPRA USA’s destinations are served by wholly-owned and franchise operations in Arizona, Atlanta, Austin, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Hawai’i, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New England, New Orleans, New York, Northern California, Orange County, Orlando, Palm Springs, San Antonio, San Diego, Santa Barbara, and South Florida.
Marketing & Public Relations Director, AlliedPRA, Inc.