Scone Palace gearing up for Scottish Game Fair this weekend

The Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) Scottish Game Fair is set to provide the Perthshire economy with a potential £5 million boost over the course of this weekend.

According to market researcher, Jump Research, accommodation providers, restaurants and other local businesses in the surrounding area are set to benefit from the arrival of more than 30,000 visitors and nearly 300 exhibitors for the three-day annual festival of countryside and conservation.

The event, sponsored by NFU Mutual, returns for the 32nd time to Scone Palace on new dates from Friday, September 24 until Sunday, September 26.

Exhibitors, sponsors and staff will swell the numbers further, while around 100 people will be on site for four days before the event begins during the construction phase.

Highlights this year will include gundog competitions and the food theatre, with plenty of great talks and demonstrations to get taste buds tingling.

Across all three days, visitors can expect to see a huge variety of demonstrations of everything from falconry to pipe bands in the main ring.

The GWCT Scottish Game Fair has traditionally been held in July

Show director James Gower commented: “This much-loved annual event draws people from all over Scotland, so the material increase in tourism will be tangible.

“Pretty much every hotel and restaurant surrounding Scone Palace are fully booked.

“Tens of thousands of people venturing to Perthshire will provide a timely economic injection to the hard-hit hospitality sector post-pandemic.

“The benefits of an event like this are far-reaching for so many, from those with a single room AirB&B through to multi-national hotel groups.”

Perthshire Chamber of Commerce’s chief executive Victoria Unite added: “This is a timely boost for businesses trying to get back to something approaching normal after a devastating 18 months.

“The hospitality sector has been particularly badly affected and so the economic spin-off to restaurants, hotels, B&Bs, bars and other catering businesses is extremely welcome.

Perthshire has a long association with The GWCT Scottish Game Fair and events such as this showcase the wide array of dynamic businesses in our area.

“It is so good to be back hosting major events like this after such a testing time and we know it will be a huge success.”

More information can be found at the GWCT Scottish Game Fair website.

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