Destination Leaders Graduations

First Cohort of Destination Leaders Graduate in May 2014

A total of nineteen participants from the pilot Destination Leaders programme, from Edinburgh and St. Andrews, graduated at Edinburgh Napier University on the first of May 2014.

Nancy Riach, Partnerships and Development Manager at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo said:

“The DLP was a great platform for a wide range of experts to share their insights, trends, expertise and best practice through a programme of workshops, speakers, familiarisation tours and interaction with industry leaders across a range of sectors”.

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Graduation Day for Destination Leaders from Edinburgh and Argyll: May 2015

May 2015 marked the graduation of twenty Destination Leaders from Edinburgh and Argyll. 

Susan Russell, Marketing Manager, Festivals Edinburgh said:

"It's an exciting time to be a destination leader - we can't be complacent, we should be ambitious and competitive. Through collaboration our joint leadership could really transform our destinations".

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Glasgow and Edinburgh Destination Leaders Graduate in May 2016

Congratulations to the third cohort of Destination Leaders! Twenty-one Glasgow and Edinburgh industry professionals graduated from the Destination Leaders programme at Edinburgh Napier University on 19 May 2016. 

Gordon Hodge, Head of Conferencing and Events at the University of Strathclyde said:

“The DLP allowed me to see how my part of the organisation can have an impact on the economic development of the city. It lifts you out of the day to day and lets you look at what you’re doing in a more holistic way which I think is very helpful”.

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Graduation Day for Destination Leaders from Aberdeenshire, Perthshire and Tayside: May 2017

Twenty tourism and hospitality industry professionals from Aberdeenshire, Dundee, Angus and Perthshire graduated from the award-winning Scottish Enterprise Tourism Destination Leaders Programme at Edinburgh Napier University on Thursday 18 May 2017. This concludes Year 4 of the programme’s delivery and brings to a total of seventy-nine Alumni now with an Executive Certificate in Leadership from Edinburgh Napier University.

Steve Daun, Associations Sales Manager, Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC) said:

“The DLP course was extremely worthwhile and helped me to engage and network with fellow industry leaders.  The programme allowed me to learn from a wide range of speakers and I was able to connect with industry professionals from across Scotland, learn best practice and collaborate on joint projects to help transform our destination into a leading business tourism city.”

Year 5 Destination Leaders Graduate from Edinburgh Napier University : May 2018

Congratulations were in order on Thursday 17 May 2018, when tourism and hospitality industry professionals from Glasgow and Edinburgh graduated from the award-winning Destination Leaders Programme at Edinburgh Napier University.

Rosie Street, Marketing Manager, Glasgow Science Centre, said: “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the DLP programme. It’s fantastic to meet people I wouldn’t ordinarily meet and share thinking on our destinations. The programme has allowed us to hear from incredible speakers and learn from our course leaders who have a wealth of knowledge between them. I’ve enjoyed how practical the course has been too; it really allows you to take learnings back into your role and this is so useful at this stage in my career.”

Lee Walker, Duty Manager, The Bonham, said: “I’m very grateful to be a part of the Destination Leaders Programme in Scotland. Before moving to Scotland working in hotels very much felt like just a job and not a career. It wasn’t until my move to Edinburgh, becoming a part of the Bonham team and joining the DLP that I feel my professional choices have become validated”.

The Destination Leaders Programme, funded by Scottish Enterprise and delivered by Edinburgh Napier University, celebrates its fifth year in 2018, with the Year 5 cohort graduation bringing the total number of DLP alumni to just over 100 industry professionals; from Edinburgh, Glasgow, St. Andrews, Argyll and The Isles, Aberdeenshire, Perthshire and Tayside. A full list of graduates can be found here.