2021 Regional Business Events Conference:  The Path Forward 

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The conference centred around time for the business events sector to spearhead a broad-based recovery and brought together local, national ad international professionals who outlined the path forward as business events transforms into a medium-term virtual world.  
The pandemic had forced a move away from face to face meetings and conferences as they moved online or were postponed. However, it was acknowledged that business events are integral to not only economic advancement but societal development as a whole. Tasked with the need to restart economies devastated by the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, governments right now need tools and platforms that can advance recovery in the most effective ways. 
Attendees from all sectors of the industry were invited to hear about the most recent research, and how business events are evolving to be omnichannel. 

We asked Gregg Talley

"Why do you think a conference like The Path Forward is needed at this specific time?"

The Regional Business Events Conference is scheduled to return as an annual event in the Business Events calendar and hope you will join us again, all going well face to face. 

Conference Programme and Speaker Line Up

Find out more about the line-up of speakers in the conference programme


The conference attracted over 140 delegates who have an interest in this sector, which included attendees from the region’s hospitality sector, representatives and academics from leading research and academic institutes, regional councils (Economic Development/Business Events), Scottish Government/Scottish Development International, Scottish Enterprise, students and young people.  

Speaker Recordings

Using the link below you can view each speaker/Q&A session individually allowing you to revisit any of the sessions from the conference in your own time. 
Watch each speaker/Q&A session

National Campaign #Journeytochange

Launched a few weeks after our conference, take a look at VisitScotland Business Events #Journeytochange campaign which aligns seamlessly with our Pathfinders Partnership Programme. 

Our Partners

The 2021 Regional Business Events Conference is created through partnership and collaboration.  Our thanks and gratitude go to everyone involved. 

  • Abertay University
  • Cameron
  • DLR Media
  • Dundee & Angus Convention Bureau Business Events Development Group
  • Johnston Media
  • The James Hutton Institute
  • NHS Tayside
  • Pathfinders
  • University of Dundee
  • University of St Andrews
  • VisitScotland Business Events

Supported by

  • Dundee City Council
  • Angus Council
  • Perth & Kinross Council
  • Fife Council
  • The International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA)
  • Best Cities Global Alliance