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The urge to travel is in our DNA, and on Tuesday, at our Spring Seminar & Networking Lunch in Glasgow's Grand Central Hotel, we debated how independence might affect our travel community. The audience was addressed by none other than senior 'Yes' campaign figure Blair Jenkins and 'Better Together''s Ian McGill - stating their case on the implications. We also heard from MSP's Annabelle Ewing (SNP) and James Kelly (Labour). SPAA Political Convener Sandy Macpherson Chaired the meeting, and a record-breaking 70+ Members and Associates turned out to hear the arguments and ask some key questions. You can read an initial report in the adjacent News column, and as you'll see we'll be putting together a more detailed briefing for you in the next few days. There's no doubt that many questions remain unanswered, but there's also no doubt that this is a historic and life-changing moment for Scotland, so whatever you decide - get out and vote on the day!

Regardless of the outcome of the Independence Referendum, there's no doubting the ever-present wanderlust in the Scottish character. We've been travelling to all parts of the world for hundreds of years, and there are Clan and Caledonian Societies in just about every country you could name. Not surprising, then, that the first ever landing of the world's biggest passenger airliner - an Emirates Airbus A380 'super-jumbo' - at a Scottish Airport was made by a pilot from Clydebank. It was quite an occasion, as Emirates marked 10 years of operations from Glasgow, in grand style - and it just highlights the opportunities that come from real partnerships - airports, airlines and travel agents (leisure agents and TMC's). Long may this one continue, and sincere congratulations to our colleagues at Emirates and Glasgow Airport.  

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A warm welcome from me to the futureSPAA section of our website. We're working in the travel sector in exciting times - with lots of new product and services developments coming along constantly. futureSPAA is here to keep you informed and represent your interests ... click on the gold button to read more from futureSPAA's Gayle Gordon

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