Paula Ward



Laggan Outdoor Activity Centre

Duncan McConchie
Sandro Carnicelli

Programme Leader

University of the West of Scotland

Regional Director

Visit Scotland

Sandro is Programme Cluster Leader for Marketing, Tourism and Events at the University of West of Scotland. He has published articles in international journals, including Annals of Tourism Research, Tourism Management, Annals of Leisure Research, Journal of Teaching in Travel & Tourism, and World Leisure.


He is also a member of the ABRATUR (International Academy for the Development of Tourism Research in Brazil), and he is on the Executive Board (Treasurer) of the Leisure Studies Association, on the Advisory Board of the Annals of Leisure Research, and on the editorial board of the Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning.

His research background is in the area of Adventure Tourism Research and has attended previous the IAC meetings.

Richard Hermon
Caroline Mackenzie


Galloway Activity Centre

Duncan was the brains behind Laggan Outdoor and started the business in 2007, by diversifying part of the family farm when he returned home to Dumfries & Galloway following a career in media production.

He has overseen development of the activities, the facilities and the latest development of GG’s Yard and the accommodation offering. 

He retains very much a “hands on approach” to the business which has seen him leading his team to achieve the Scottish Thistle Award for the Best Outdoor /Activity Experience 2016 / 2017.


Global Association Partners

Caroline is a Professional Conference Organiser, specialising in the management of the association meetings and events.

She lives and works in south-west Scotland and is a passionate advocate of what the region has to offer the tourism sector.

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IAC 2019 Hosts:

Laggan Outdoor

Gatehouse of Fleet

Castle Douglas