World Canals Conference sails off with best event award

Scottish Canals’ World Canals Conference, which took place in Inverness last year, has been voted the best event in Scotland at an industry-leading awards ceremony.

The international conference saw off fierce competition from the likes of the Scottish Cyber Awards and Universities Scotland at the PRide awards last week. Hosted by the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) annually, the PRide awards highlight industry leading public and private sector organisations and celebrate the outstanding public relations achievements of their teams.

The World Canals Conference was held in Inverness, Scotland last year (2016) and saw 355 business leaders and professionals from 25 nations celebrate innovative thinking and cutting-edge delivery in a range of disciplines including sustainable tourism development, regeneration, heritage management, climate change, and engineering. The CIPR judges commented that Scottish Canals’ event had “raised the bar for future organisers.”

Steve Dunlop, Chief Executive of Scottish Canals, said: “This is an excellent achievement for Scottish Canals and a fantastic accolade for our team to receive. Canals continue to play an increasingly vital role all over the globe, bringing positive transformational change to the communities on their banks and driving innovation in a huge number of areas.

“Our World Canals Conference celebrated those achievements, highlighting pioneering work from all over the globe and showcasing the very best Scotland has to offer to a huge international audience. We look forward to continuing to create award-winning events like this going forward.”

The biggest event in the international waterways calendar, Inverness joined an illustrious list of past World Canals Conference hosts including the Grand Canal in China, Montreal in Canada and New York in the USA. As well as innovative projects from around the globe, the conference celebrated developments along Scotland’s 137-mile waterway network, from the creation of The Kelpies – the largest equine sculptures on the planet – to The Falkirk Wheel’s role as the world’s only rotating boat lift and an iconic tourism destination.

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