World Mountain Bike Conference
May 12 - 15, 2009
Top 10 Reasons to Attend
A global discussion forum for public and private land managers as well as trail advocates regarding the economic, environmental and socially sustainable development of Mountain Biking. The last conference in 2006 attracted over 430 delegates from 17 countries!
- Learn how MTB can boost the economy in your destination, make global contacts and tell us about your successes.
- Lots of free activities and events for all during the inaugural Original Bicycle Festival, which takes place in Dumfries around the World MTB Conference on Sustainability.
- The $Dollar and €Euro are stronger than ever against the GB pound£. Get more conference for your money!
- May is Whisky Month during Scotland's Year of Homecoming 2009. Everyone's welcome - come to the conference, relax with a dram in a traditional Scottish 'howff' (bar!) afterwards.
- Expert speakers from across the world, covering public and private land issues, tourism development and many aspects of economic, environmental and social sustainability.
- Before and after the World MTB Conference on Sustainability, explore the tracks, trails and wilderness of Scotland, open to everyone, 24/7, 365 days a year, under the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.
- Choose your activity every evening: live music, a film festival, the Shindig (conference party), the festival cafe, specially-commissioned performance about the local inventor of the bicycle! And more ...
- Make the most of our long hours of daylight to ride the 7stanes - Scotland's Biking Heaven; guides and bikes available!
- Experience the state of the art conference facilities on the beautiful Crichton Estate in Dumfries. A lunchtime stroll around the tranquil, sympathetically-restored art-deco Easterbrook Hall, surrounded by wonderful parkland, will inspire you.
- Bring your friends and family to explore the many other attractions in gorgeous Dumfries & Galloway: coast, castles, mountains, gardens, arts, books and great local food! You can even play a round of golf right here at the Crichton!
Land Managers and Resort Managers across the world are invited to attend this landmark conference on mountain biking - the tourism sector currently experiencing phenomenal growth across the world. An international cast of experts has been assembled and the conference will cover all aspects of mountain biking development and management - trail building and management, economic regeneration, community involvement, conflict management, sustainability, public and private development and public/private partnership.
Conference presentations include:
- Whistler - Gravity Logic's experience of 30 resorts in 12 countries
- Alta Rezia - Private sector collaboration in Switzerland and Italy
- Montenegro - UN Rural Regeneration Project
- WWF - Environmental guidelines and Bikes for Africa
- Tasmania - The challenges of 'off piste'
- The Scottish Experience - the development of MTB in Scotland including the world famous 7stanes trail - Scotland's Biking Heaven
In 2007, over £65 million was spent by almost 200,000 visitors who mountain biked as part of a holiday in Scotland, virtually double the previous year's figures….mountain biking is big business, contributing to economies, sport and society worldwide, but it has to be managed sustainably. Come to the World Mountain Bike Conference in May 2009 to participate, share your stories and learn from some of the world's experts.
Dumfries and Galloway is home to the internationally acclaimed 7stanes mountain bike trail that runs across southern Scotland. The 7stanes are an example of partnership working initially between the public agencies and increasingly now with the private sector. Developed in the wake of the 2001 foot and mouth outbreak these trails now attract over 400,000 visitors and generate an estimated £9.3m of expenditure within the South of Scotland.
The Conference will be held at the Crichton, Dumfries. A former 100 acre Victorian/Edwardian psychiatric hospital with outstanding buildings and parkland the Crichton now encompasses a University Campus, Business Park and the elegant, state of the art Easterbrook Conference Centre and its companion luxury Aston Hotel.
Registration for the conference has now opened and we are keen to boost early bookings. 100 registered delegates' names will be drawn at random on 31 March to receive £50 cash back when they arrive in Dumfries. Book early to be guaranteed your place at this exciting international conference!